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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

What Happens When We Kill All the Bees?

From the Center for Biological Diversity: Did you know that bees pollinate 1 out of every 3 bites of food that we eat? We clearly owe a lot to our pollinator friends, and now they urgently need our help. Trump's Environmental Protection Agency just approved an enormous expansion of the use of the bee-killing pesticide [...]

By |2019-08-26T08:47:22-07:00August 26th, 2019|Community, Wildlife|0 Comments

The Amazon Rainforest Is On Fire and Barely Makes the News

The Amazon rainforest is an ecological marvel. It's twice the size of India, according to the World Wildlife Fund, and it's the largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world. It's home to at least 10% of the world's biodiversity, produces 20% of the world's oxygen and helps regulate the temperature of the whole planet. Read more here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/22/world/amazon-rainforest-environment-fire-trnd/index.html [...]

By |2019-08-23T11:12:45-07:00August 23rd, 2019|Climate, Forests, Wildlife|0 Comments

Of The World’s New Oil and Gas Production 61% Will Come From the US

The sheer scale of this new production dwarfs that of every other country in the world and would spell disaster for the world’s ambitions to curb climate change – the effects of which we’re already witnessing through massive heatwaves, flooding, and extreme weather. Read more here: https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/oil-gas-and-mining/us-set-to-drown-world-oil/

By |2019-08-23T11:04:19-07:00August 23rd, 2019|Climate, Community|0 Comments

July Was The Warmest Month on Record For The Globe

The global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for July 2019 was the highest for the month of July, making it the warmest month overall in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. The year-to-date temperature for 2019 tied with 2017 as the second warmest January–July on record. [...]

By |2019-08-22T10:20:14-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Climate|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

US Forest Service Plans to Limit the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Process

Almost anytime there’s a chance for you to weigh in with land managers about an important decision—from trying to fight off mining in the headwaters of the Boundary Waters to the creation of a new management plan for your local National Forest—that opportunity exists because of a law called the National Environmental Policy Act, or [...]

By |2019-08-07T08:47:26-07:00August 7th, 2019|Forests|0 Comments

Humanity’s Ecological Footprint contracted between 2014-2016

The 2019 edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts tracks the Ecological Footprint and biocapacity of all countries, using U.N. data, from 1961 to 2016. This is two years further than last year’s edition since U.N. data is becoming available more rapidly. One finding is that humanity’s carbon Footprint dropped 1.4 percent between 2014 [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:54:44-07:00July 29th, 2019|Community|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