Silver Valley Action

Historically Speaking

Taking you back 78 years to 1930 -
Valley People Rap Pollution
Grange to Present Petition to County Commissioners

from the Coeur d'Alene Press
March 17, 1930

A meeting of the Yellowstone Grange at Dudley, in the Coeur d'Alene river valley, held Saturday night, is said to have been devoted largely to discussion of matters pertaining to the continued pollution of the Coeur d'Alene river valley by slimes dumped into the stream by mines operationg in the upper country.

Sponsored by the Grange it is said petitions to the Kootenai county board of county commissioners, asking that they take steps to prevent further pollution of the river.  The pertitions will likely be presented at the next meeting of the county board.

It is said that the campaign recently inaugurated by the Coeur d'Alene Press has aroused residents of that valley who apparently had long since abandoned hope of relief from the scourge of mill slimes daily poured down what once was a beautiful clear stream of water.  They have taken renewed courage and an active campaign to stop the pollution for all time is well under way there.

Mine Pollution of River to be Meeting Topic

Sunnyside Local of County Farmers Union To Bring Up Matter Saturday At the County Convention

from the Coeur d'Alene Press
April 9, 1930

The Sunnyside local of Kootenai County Farmers Union will present to the county convention to be held Saturday, April 12, the fight being made to stop pollution of the Coeur d'Alene river by mine slimes and debris from the upper country.  When  electing delegates to the convention, a resolution instructing them to bring the matter before the convention was passed.

Support of the ranchers in the Coeur d'Alene valley in the proposed appeal to the board of commissioners to take action looking to prevention of further pollution was promised by the Sunnyside local.  In any evnt the action of the Sunnyside local indiactes the matter will come up for discussion next Sunday.

The action at Sunnyside follows a fight being made by the Coeur d'Alene Press to stop the pouring of mill refuse into the upper waters of the Coeur d'Alene river by mills and mines in the district.  In the past the polluted waters have backed up and over land in the valley, practically ruining it for grain or vegetable production.

And back in 1886 -

Farmers in Medimont sued and won over loss of cattle to lake and river pollution.  The cattle  were developing anemia and dying.   


In other news reports aired on Spokane Public Radio in early August, 2008, it was reported that the East Mission Flats Repository (EMF) at Cataldo, in Kootenai County, is for toxic waste from "downstream".  Blackwell Island is located downstream from the EMF site.

Kootenai County ID 1998 Flood Management Plan references the "prevention of flooding of hazardous materials sites".

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