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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“Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.”

– Cordelia S. May

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 Order Now and all proceeds come directly to KEA!

We will be sending out the first round of books to purchasers as soon as we can.

Please be patient with us as our office is still closed to the public at this time. 

What We Do: 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.


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


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

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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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Waterkeeper Magazine

Waterkeeper Magazine puts readers on the front lines of the planetary environmental crisis with more than 350 local Waterkeeper groups on six continents fighting for their rivers, lakes, and coastal waters—and for the planet. These amazing advocates have dedicated their lives to protecting clean water and the irreplaceable water sources for nearly a billion people.

- 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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