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Basin Commission to Consider Lower Basin Collaboration

As the cleanup of mine waste contamination in the Coeur d'Alene River basin moves ever-so-slowly downstream, government agencies are beginning to prepare. Studies are being done, computer models assembled, and basic data gathering is well underway. In response, some citizens are also coming together to make sure that community input is not forgotten. At an [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:22:44+00:00 November 1st, 2011|blog|1 Comment

Having a Say in Superfund: The Lower Basin Collaborative

Superfund cleanup isn’t limited to the Silver Valley. The Coeur d'Alene River, the chain lakes and wetlands from Cataldo to Harrison are contaminated with heavy metals from the last century of mining upstream. Every flood season, another layer of contamination is deposited throughout the drainage. The EPA, charged with the cleanup responsibilities, is in the process [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:22:44+00:00 October 10th, 2011|blog|2 Comments

Again, Regarding Oil Spills and Mining Messes

Seems the Yellowstone River will be dealing with what the Gulf of Mexico has been dealing with for more than a year now. And we are again reminded that that cleaning things up is so much harder than not making the mess in the first place. This time, the still-high Yellowstone River flows are illustrating [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:27:05+00:00 July 5th, 2011|blog, Water|0 Comments

Hecla Settlement Ends Litigation, Opens New Era for Coeur d’Alene Cleanup

Announced Monday and likely to be approved by a federal court in the next month or two, Hecla Mining and the U.S. EPA have settled longstanding Superfund litigation. The settlement establishes Hecla’s contribution toward the costs of the Coeur d'Alene basin minewaste cleanup. According to news reports, Hecla has agreed to pay some $263 million [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:27:05+00:00 June 14th, 2011|blog|1 Comment

Another Flood Season, Another Tough Season for Swans in the Coeur d’Alene Basin

Tundra swans are dying again this year. Like they do every year. Lured to the beautiful lower Coeur d'Alene basin’s waterways and wetlands for rest and food, the birds end up, quite literally, choked on sediments contaminated with lead. The lead, of course, is flushed downstream by flooding from the legacy of mining in the [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:27:06+00:00 May 31st, 2011|blog, Wildlife|1 Comment

January Flooding May Have Caused the Worst Coeur d’Alene Basin Contamination in Years

Late last week, we were forwarded an email from Greg Clark with the U.S. Geological Survey, whose team did some water monitoring during the flood event January 18th of this year. The monitoring in Harrison, where the Coeur d'Alene River flows into Coeur d'Alene Lake, shows that the conveyor belt of contamination from the upper [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:47:49+00:00 March 7th, 2011|blog|10 Comments

Birds Can’t Read

Migrating birds can't read the signs in the lower Coeur d'Alene basin.  They don't know that much of the basin is contaminated with heavy metals, and they don't know that simply landing to rest and to feed could be lethal.  Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collects at least 150 dead tundra swans [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:47:50+00:00 February 14th, 2011|blog|2 Comments

Conservation Groups Submit EPA Cleanup Comments

Kootenai Environmental Alliance, along with Idaho Conservation League, Spokane Riverkeeper, Idaho Rivers United and The Lands Council submitted comments today to the EPA on the proposed amendment to the Upper Coeur d'Alene Basin Superfund Record of Decision. The comments to the controversial EPA cleanup plan focused on several key points: (1) to ensure that the [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:17+00:00 November 19th, 2010|blog|1 Comment

What the Law Requires in the Silver Valley Cleanup

Despite some of the rhetoric coming from opponents of the proposed Superfund cleanup of the upper Coeur d'Alene basin, "EPA go home" isn't an option. In fact, the law is fairly clear why EPA is in the basin and what needs to be done. A quick review of the relevant federal regulations might be helpful. [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:45:17+00:00 November 7th, 2010|blog|2 Comments