Help Us Conserve, Protect, & Restore North Idaho

 

for future generations

Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA), the oldest environmental nonprofit in Idaho, is proud to have your support.  For 48 years we have been working diligently to fulfill our mission: To conserve, protect and restore the environment, with a particular emphasis on the Idaho Panhandle and the Coeur d’ Alene basin.”

Right now, we need your support more than ever!  The health of our environment is under great duress due to population growth in the County, urban and rural development, and the progressing impacts of a changing climate.

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URGENT Action Items, Volunteer Opportunities, or Important News

Important Update For Friends of KEA

Dear Friends,  This week has been a long month! The situation with COVID-19 and our daily routines are rapidly changing.  As you may already know, yesterday afternoon, the Panhandle Health District confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Kootenai...

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Postponed

Kootenai Environmental Alliance and North Idaho College representatives are taking the health and well-being of our community very seriously and have decided against hosting large events until further notice. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will NOT be showing this...

Protect Lake Coeur d’Alene – Let Your Voice Be Heard

Make your voice heard! The region's human inhabitants rely on the lake. It supports both a bustling recreation industry and significant lakeside property values, which would be threatened by algae blooms and toxin releases. The lake's outlet, the Spokane River, is a...

Earth Day Event Vendors and Sponsors Needed

Currently looking for educational vendors, entertainers, and outside (sales) vendors) for the Earth Day event....contact Audra at audra@kealliance.org Join us for this free event on Saturday, April 25th at the public library in downtown Coeur d'Alene, within the...

Student Water Quality and Snow Science Field Trips

The Confluence Project (TCP) is a partnership model of environmental education developed by the University of Idaho (UI)’s Waters of the West (WoW) program. The primary goals of TCP are to improve science education in urban, rural and tribal areas of Idaho and to...

About Our Five Pillars

Community Sustainability

Committed to enriching our community through education programs encouraging sustainability.

Land Use

Committed to encouraging well-planned development that protects the environment and our communities.

Water

Committed to being a leading advocate for water quality protection and conservation across the Inland Northwest. 

Forests

Committed to keeping our forests sustainable to provide habitat sufficient to support viable fisheries and wildlife.

Wildlife

Committed to educating the public on wildlife issues while promoting the health of game, non-game, and habitats.

Our Programs

Through our many programs, people of all ages get to experience first-hand how sustainability, conservation, and restoration can make sure our quality of life is possible for future generations. Let’s work together to preserve this beautiful place we live, work, and play.

Lake Coeur d'Alene Waterkeepers

As your Waterkeeper, we work to protect against threats to the public’s water resources in the Coeur d’Alene Lake watershed through enforcement, community action, education, restoration and advocacy.

The Confluence Project

Throughout the school year, TCP teachers introduce water resource issues in the classroom using lessons that align with both Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards and guide their students in a comprehensive research project.

Gathering Garden

The Gathering Garden builds relationships. Seed to soil, sun to water, earth to sky, and people to people as we work together and learn each other’s stories

Climate Action

Is a group of concerned citizens organized to educate and empower community action concerning the climate crisis.

Idaho Discoveries Camp

Hiking, Fishing, Stream study, Crafts, and Fun for youth ages 4-12

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We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

Right now, we need your support more than ever!  The health of our environment is under great duress due to population growth in the County, urban and rural development, and the progressing impacts of a changing climate.

  • Our gem, Coeur d’Alene Lake, is taking a serious hit as water quality indicators are approaching alarming levels.  If you haven’t read this article, please do: “A Dangerous Cocktail Threatens The Gem of North IdahoWe’re educating our communities on the issues!
  • Plans for future growth, if not developed with sustainability in mind, can further stress an already fragile environment.  We’re keeping a watchful eye and speaking up!

While the focus of our work – forest, water, land use, wildlife, and climate – has not changed, the means by which we support these focus areas (or pillars) has greatly expanded beyond the traditional grassroots environmental activism for which KEA is known. 

We advocate, educate, collaborate, lead – and, yes, we still act!

In 2019, KEA was recognized for its efforts, receiving:

  • The Coeur d’Alene Education Association “Friend of Education” award;
  • A proclamation by the Coeur d’Alene mayor, Steve Widmyer, declaring March 7th & 8th as Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper Days in recognition for our work to protect and conserve the lake; and
  • A nomination for Idaho’s Brightest Star Award in the nonprofit/civic organization category.

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In Her Own Words

Mary Lou Reed’s Book

Mary Lou Reed’s Book “In Her Own Words: Selected Inlander Columns 2010-2018” is available to Pre-Order and all proceeds come directly to KEA!

AND, anyone who PRE-PURCHASES the book will get a signed copy from Mary Lou

We will notify you when the book is published (around mid-May) and how we will get you your copy

Upcoming Events

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March

**POSTPONED**- Wild and Scenic Film Festival

6;30 PM - 9:30 PM

Kootenai Environmental Alliance and North Idaho College representatives are taking the health and well-being of our community very seriously and have decided against hosting large events until further notice. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will NOT be showing this evening at North Idaho College or tomorrow evening at the Coeur d’Alene Library. Both events are officially postponed until further notice.

We are sad to have to postpone this wonderful event but appreciateive of our communities support and enthusiasm! Please stay tuned for updates and keep washing your hand.

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April

**POSTPONED** KEA Speaker Series: Gathering Garden Sustainability with Jessica Mannon

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Gathering Garden is an inclusive educational growing space created and sustained in a collaborative partnership with North Idaho College.

The garden addresses community needs by creating an outdoor community classroom to gather, to learn, to share, and to celebrate the benefits of sustainable living.

 

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April

**CANCELLED** Earth Day 2020

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

 

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- Lady Bird Johnson

Our Supporters & Partners

  • AHA Creative
  • Frederick Ambrose
  • Avista Utilities
  • Stephen Ayers
  • David & Linda Barnes
  • Clearwater Summit Group
  • Coeur d'Alene Portfolio Real Estate
  • Daft Badger Brewing
  • Doma Coffee
  • Doug Fagerness and Ruth Pratt
  • Lisa Hall
  • Wes Hanson
  • Kris Kron
  • Suzanne Marshall

 

 

  • Ronnee McGee
  • Raymond Morgan
  • Joe Morris
  • Neighbors for Responsible Growth
  • North Idaho Flycasters
  • Pilgrims Market
  • Mary Lou Reed Foundation
  • Victoria Roberge
  • ROW, Inc
  • Spokane Exchange
  • Syringa, Blue Bird, & Monarch
  • Greg & Janet Torline

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