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Property Rights Council Votes Against Drinking Water Protection

As Bonner County Property Rights Council member Tom Cleveland explained, the whole idea behind drinking water protection in Bonner County was "with the blessing of the EPA" which he called a "Gestapo agency" and "out of control." He followed with an ominous non-sequitur, warning that "people should start thinking about where their food is coming [...]

By |2012-03-13T21:19:34-08:00March 13th, 2012|Land Use, Water|19 Comments

Where Is The Water Monitoring Accountability?

We had some interesting discussions yesterday about our blog posting about Idaho’s water monitoring meltdown. Recall that we wrote: We know that Idahoans care deeply about water quality. The failure of DEQ to accomplish the very basic minimum requirements of the Clean Water Act should be unacceptable. The legislature, which has zeroed the water monitoring [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:45:19-08:00October 5th, 2010|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Water|2 Comments

Draft Report Confirms Idaho Water Monitoring Failures

As required by the Clean Water Act, the Department of Environmental Quality has just issued its draft "Integrated Report" on the state of water quality in the State of Idaho.  The utter failure of Idaho to do necessary water quality monitoring is probably the most glaring finding. According to the draft report, of  5747 distinct [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:45:19-08:00October 4th, 2010|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Water|3 Comments

Meeting Keith Allred

Our great friend and office neighbor Mary Lou Reed invited us to a last minute lunch today with Keith Allred, candidate for Idaho Governor.  Allred, who was in the area for a number of events, evidently hadn’t completely filled his calendar, so a small group of “Friends of Mary Lou” got an invitation to have [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:44:11-08:00August 30th, 2010|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Water|2 Comments

Idaho First in U.S. to Limit Carbon Emissions? Really?

Our friends and colleagues at Idaho Conservation League were recently successful in their efforts to get Idaho DEQ to regulate carbon emissions in an air pollution permit to be issued to a new "clean-coal gasification fertilizer plant" in Southern Idaho.  This is notable because it is the first such air quality permit in the nation. [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:33:37-08:00December 1st, 2009|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|0 Comments

Federal Stimulus Investment Pays Off in Silver Valley

Even the most vocal component of our local red-state anti-everything contingent should be applauding this news regarding the federal stimulus spending in the Coeur d'Alene basin.  We got notice of this DEQ press release yesterday, announcing the end-of-season statistics that show the stimulus spending has put the yard cleanup program in the upper basin nearly [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:31:49-08:00October 2nd, 2009|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|0 Comments