Stories tagged: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 3:08 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene manufacturer honored for waste reduction efforts
Advanced Input Systems of Coeur d’Alene was honored Monday for reducing water consumption and lead waste at its Coeur d’Alene facility.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:10 p.m.
Idaho DEQ issues rare statewide air quality alert; bans all open burning
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a rare statewide air quality advisory, running through 10 a.m. Thursday, banning all open burning statewide, including campfires.
Tue., May 31, 2016, 7 p.m.
Crews plant native shrubs at Fernan Lake to battle algae problems
Native shrubs will become the front line for keeping phosphorous out of Fernan Lake. The erosion control project aims to improve water quality in the lake east of Coeur d’Alene, …
Mon., March 28, 2016
Decadeslong Silver Valley heavy metal cleanup program winding down
More than 7,000 Silver Valley properties have had contaminated soil replaced to protect children from lead exposure. Superfund managers are encouraging remaining property owners to get their parcels tested before …
Tue., March 22, 2016, 8:52 p.m.
Lake CdA’s declining oxygen levels worry scientists
Oxygen levels are declining in Lake Coeur d’Alene, raising concerns about the heavy metals buried in mud at the bottom of the lake.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 5 p.m.
Chesrown’s former ranch could be returned to wetlands in proposed land swap
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to acquire a 1,000-acre ranch along the Coeur d’Alene River through a land swap. The ranch has high wildlife habitat and recreation …
Thu., Oct. 22, 2015, 9:25 p.m.
Grant will address wood smoke pollution in Silver Valley
Reducing pollution from wood smoke in Idaho’s Silver Valley is the focus of a $2.48 million federal grant.
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Large or small, wildlife captures attention at North Idaho Fair
Under a microscope at the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo, a drop of water from Lake Coeur d’Alene teemed with life. A Daphnia galeata, one of the zooplankton in the …
Mon., July 20, 2015
High temperatures at area lakes a threat to aquatic life
Wear a wet suit or skip it? That was the dilemma facing swimmers at the Steve Omi Memorial Swim at Sanders Beach on Saturday morning. With surface water temperatures reaching …
Sat., June 6, 2015
‘Play Clean’ reminds North Idaho lake users of lead danger
Andy Helkey recently took his 10-year-old daughter kayaking at Killarney Lake. Afterward, father and daughter ate a picnic lunch. But first, they washed their hands to reduce their risk of …
Sun., April 12, 2015
Kootenai County looks at easing shoreline rules
Kootenai County is considering relaxing shoreline regulations, giving Lake Coeur d’Alene property owners more flexibility to clear native trees and shrubs and plant lawns near the water. Current regulations require …
Sat., Feb. 14, 2015
DEQ monitors Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality
Aside from a noisy pair of mallards, it was a tranquil morning at Neacham Bay on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Mellow strains of jazz drifted from an …
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution, solutions
Five years ago, officials from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho shook hands on a deal to address historic mining pollution at the bottom of Lake Coeur …
Wed., Aug. 6, 2014, 4:37 p.m.
Algae advisory lifted for Hayden Lake
A health advisory has been lifted for the sportman’s access on the northeast end of Hayden Lake.
Wed., July 11, 2012, 4:29 p.m.
Fernan Lake algae bloom prompts health advisory
People recreating at Fernan Lake east of downtown Coeur d’Alene are being advised to avoid a bloom of blue-green algae. The naturally occurring bacteria can produce toxins harmful to humans …
Thu., April 19, 2012
Idaho panel split on field burning
BOISE – Possible changes to Idaho’s field burning regulations still are up in the air after an advisory panel of farmers, health advocates and regulators agreed that some weekend burning …
Sat., March 10, 2012
Limits on field burning targeted
Idaho officials want to modify a ban that prohibits farmers from burning their fields on weekends and holidays. They also recommend allowing burning when ozone readings are higher than current …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2011
Contractor pays workers back wages
A Silver Valley contractor has paid back wages to some of his employees after an investigation revealed that he wasn’t complying with prevailing wage laws. Stewart Contracting paid less than …
Fri., May 27, 2011
Residents near Rose Lake wait out flooding
Instead of tending his backyard garden this spring, Bob Carver is kayaking through 3 to 4 feet of water lapping up against his Rose Lake home. The standing water surrounding …
Fri., April 8, 2011
Public murky about Lake CdA quality
When it comes to water quality in Lake Coeur d’Alene, local residents are pretty savvy. They think the lake is cleaner now than it was 40 years ago. That’s generally …
Thu., March 17, 2011
Hazardous dumping site debate raised
A hazardous waste repository built two years ago near Old Mission State Park has stirred debate among archaeologists about whether federal and state officials complied with historic preservation laws on …
Wed., Dec. 22, 2010
BNSF resists more aquifer funding
Each year, BNSF Railway Co. pays about $100,000 for programs that protect the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. The money is funneled through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, where it …
Wed., Oct. 6, 2010
Hauser Lake warning lifted
A health advisory issued last week for the Hauser Lake shoreline has been lifted.
Fri., Oct. 1, 2010
Harmful algae blooms found in Hauser Lake
Blue-green algae blooms have been detected in Hauser Lake, and people should avoid areas of algae growth along the shorelines.
Sun., Aug. 15, 2010
Comments sought on Priest River landfill cleanup
A draft plan for cleanup of a former Priest River landfill is open for public comment.
Tue., April 6, 2010
Idaho cities say river plan poses risk to their growth
A plan to reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the Spokane River would strangle growth in Kootenai County, Idaho municipalities said Monday. During a five-hour dispute resolution hearing, the …
Wed., Aug. 12, 2009
Waste storage a toxic topic
CATALDO, Idaho – A blue heron rose from behind a screen of cattails near Old Mission State Park, while a redwing blackbird let out a raspy call. East Mission Flats …