WATER is critical to all life on Earth. The clear rivers, beautiful lakes and pure drinking water are reasons many of us chose to make Northern Idaho home. KEA is the leading advocate for water conservation and water quality protection across the Inland Northwest. We work to protect the surface beauty our water presents, as well as, flows in the Spokane River and the water quality in Spokane River, Coeur d’Alene Lake, Hayden Lake, & our other waterways which have degraded due to elevated phosphorous levels, sediment and stormwater pollution.

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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 build community capacity to protect and restore local water resources. The [...]

By |2019-10-29T11:04:18-07:00October 29th, 2019|Water|0 Comments

Twin Lakes Toxin Advisory Is Lifted

Good Morning A press release will go out shortly lifting the health advisory on upper and lower Twin Lakes.  Microcystin toxin analysis from samples taken at 5 beach sites (3 in the lower lake and 1 in the upper lake) was well below the EPA recommended recreational advisory.  The advisory remains in effect for the [...]

By |2019-09-20T11:54:02-07:00September 20th, 2019|Water|0 Comments

Bridge expansion project given the go ahead, now what?

WORD FROM UP NORTH: We have finally received word from the Coast Guard concerning the BNSF rail expansion project. We are sad to report that their decision was not in the direction we had been hoping for, which was to perform an Environmental Impact Statement. Unfortunately, they have decided to issue the Final Environmental Assessment [...]

By |2019-09-10T08:13:19-07:00September 10th, 2019|Water|2 Comments

Advisory for Twin Lakes September 2nd 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHD Contact: Katherine Hoyer August 28, 2019 (208) 415-5108 DEQ Contact: Robert Steed (208) 769-1422 Health Advisory Extended to Upper Twin Lake KOOTENAI CO., ID -- Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a health advisory for Upper Twin Lake. The health advisory for Lower [...]

By |2019-09-02T09:51:40-07:00September 2nd, 2019|Water|0 Comments

EPA Is Eroding States’ Authority to Protect Waters from Unchecked Development

You should not dive into a pool before checking if it is filled with water. States should not make a CWA §401 permit granting decision before they have all of the relevant facts. The EPA disagrees. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a guidance document outlining certain Clean Water Act (CWA) timelines and requirements [...]

By |2019-08-12T09:16:24-07:00August 12th, 2019|Water|0 Comments

Cyanobacteria Bloom on Fernan Lake July 2019

Fernan Lake Health AdvisoryFernan Lake is experiencing cyanobacteria bloom dominated by Gloeotrichia sp. and Woronichinia sp. that has had consistent scum formation at the east side boat ramp (opposite end of the lake from Fernan Village).  These scums should be avoided. The rest of the lake hasvisible cyanobacterial colonies that the lab identified as dominated [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:52:44-07:00July 29th, 2019|Featured, Water|0 Comments

Shoes Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Update: Adidas announced they will create 11 million new shoes using recycled plastic that has been pulled from our planet’s oceans.  IT’S MORNING. ANOTHER PICTURE-PERFECT DAY BY THE SEA. You lace up your new running shoes. Stepping into the crisp, bright day, you fill your lungs with air. Soon, you’re at the beach, hitting your stride. Read more [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:10:29-07:00July 25th, 2019|Water|0 Comments

Drought and Water Pollution Means Taps Run Dry for Half of Zimbabwe’s Capital City

More than 2 million people in and around Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, are currently without access to municipal drinking water, the result of a years-long drought and high water pollution levels, Climate Change News reported. With their taps running dry, residents are instead relying on merchants, open wells, streams, and boreholes for water. Read more [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:56:41-07:00July 17th, 2019|Community, Water|0 Comments

New Analysis for Drought Management in the Willamette River Basin

In Oregon’s fertile Willamette River Basin, where two-thirds of the state’s population lives, managing water scarcity would be more effective if conservation measures were introduced in advance and upstream from the locations where droughts are likely to cause shortages, according to a new study. Read the rest of the story here: https://www.enn.com/articles/58795-new-analysis-reveals-challenges-for-drought-management-in-oregon-s-willamette-river-basin

By |2019-07-25T10:56:41-07:00July 17th, 2019|Community, Water|0 Comments