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Proposed Smelter in Newport, WA raising concerns in local communities

A Canadian Company Called HiTest Sand is proposing to build a smelter in Newport Washington.  The proposed smelter will discharge up to 700 tons per year of nitrogen oxide, 601 tons of carbon monoxide and 760 tons of sulfur dioxide, along with 111 tons per year of particulate matter.  The smelter would be the 15th [...]

Comments Needed: Second Rail Bridge over Lake Pend Orielle back on the table

The Idaho Department of Lands(IDL) is seeking public comments on a permit application received from BNSF Railway Co. to construct a second train bridge adjacent to and west of the existing train bridge across Lake Pend Oreille.   The long-discussed project, which BNSF Railway has proposed to improve rail traffic flow throughout town, recently went [...]

By |2018-03-13T15:37:05-07:00March 14th, 2018|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|0 Comments

The future of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

The Forest Service is currently seeking public comments regarding the development of alternatives for the Forest Plan Revision on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. The deadline is February 28. If you don’t understand forest planning, or if you were unaware of this important deadline, it is not your fault. Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert has failed [...]

George Wuerthner: Harvesting dead trees is bad for forests

A recent article in the The Spokesman-Review (“Colville cutting down decades of decline,” Feb. 3) celebrated increased logging on the Colville National Forest. The main justification for logging is to provide fodder for the local mills at taxpayer expense while claiming that the timber cutting is “restoration.” Colville forest Supervisor Rodney Smoldon was quoted as [...]

By |2018-02-12T08:35:23-08:00February 12th, 2018|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|0 Comments

Climate Action CDA Joins Live Calls and Live Streams for Climate Activism

Climate Action CDA members gathered on Jan 31 to participate in two live events in order to learn about and take action with other climate and science-based campaigns. One was presented by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the other by 350.org Fossil Free Fast Campaign.   The first was a national phone conference [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:56:42-07:00February 4th, 2018|Community, Kootenai Environmental Alliance|0 Comments

Lake Pend Orielle Waterkeeper—Citizen-driven Water Quality Monitoring

Shannon Williamson, Director of the Lake Pend Orielle Waterkeepr (LPOW), holds a PhD in Marine Science and has been with LPOW since 2011, spoke to the Happy Hour group on February 1, 2018.  One of the founders of LPOW, Steve Holt, accompanied her. LPOW, which is accredited by the national Waterkeepers, seeks to do water [...]

By |2018-02-02T18:24:27-08:00February 3rd, 2018|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|0 Comments

H.R. 1349

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said his legislation to allow bikes in wilderness areas is nothing more than modernizing the original intent of the decades-old Wilderness Act. "People who enjoy mountain biking have just as much a right to use the public trails as those who enjoy hiking or riding, and our wilderness areas were never [...]

By |2017-12-11T00:35:12-08:00December 11th, 2017|Forests, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Land Use|0 Comments

Fracking could be coming to a neighborhood near you!

Comments needed by December 12th! Fracking is the method of extracting very hard-to-get-at natural gas by pressure washing it out of the ground.  The process uses a lot of water to extract natural gas that is trapped between rocks.  The waste water from this process can be injected back into the ground with a special [...]

Contact your Senators Now!

For 100 years, federal tax policy has incentivized the giving spirit. It has also empowered our crucial work. The goal of simplifying the tax code and making it easier for Americans to file their taxes is admirable, but the collateral damage this simplification would cause comes at too great a cost. According to Republican estimates, [...]

Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936)

It’s bad enough that industrial logging can occur on 250 acres of public land, and be excluded from routine environmental review. This includes limited opportunity for public involvement. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936) would drastically increase this scenario, and allow 10,000 acres of public land to be logged without the necessary [...]