Palouse Area Environmental Update

By David Hall, Community Member

The Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (PRDC) is working with the Army Corps of Engineers on Idaho Transportation Department's application for a Clean Water Act permit for the Eastern alignment. PRDC seeks to ensure that the most environmentally damaging (and arguably less safe) alternative (E2) is not permitted.  PRDC’s preferred alternative, C3, or another alignment could be permitted.

The Palouse Prairie Foundation is commenting to Whitman County on the proposed new Inland Cellular cell tower construction on Bald Butte in Whitman County that would harm remnant Palouse Prairie.

Events

December 5 and 12, 9 am - 5 pm. Justin Trujillo will host two open-house grass identification days in December. Stop by and identify a grass using his new dichotomous key Android app for grasses of Idaho. UI College of Natural Resources Room 207.

December 6, 5 – 7 pm. Palouse Prairie Foundation annual meeting and party at Hunga Dunga Taproom and Brewery, 333 N Jackson, Moscow. Short presentation at around 6 pm. They may have some videos of the giant Palouse earthworm!

December 7, 4 – 8 pm. Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse. Visit local non-profits and consider non-commercial gifts for family and friends at Moscow’s 1912 Center Great Room. Many of the organizations have an environmental focus. All are deserving of your attention:

Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse ~ Alliance House ~ Backyard Harvest ~ Christmas for Kids ~ Families Together for People with Disabilities ~ Family Promise of the Palouse ~ First Book (UI Sigma Tau Delta) ~ Friendly Neighbors Senior Citizens ~ Friends of the Clearwater ~ Humane Society of the Palouse ~ Humanists of the Palouse ~ Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre ~ Latah County Historical Society ~ Latah County Youth Advocacy Council ~ Latah Recovery Center ~  Latah Trail Foundation ~ MHS Music Boosters ~  Moscow Community Theatre ~ Moscow High School Environmental Club ~ Moscow High School International and Human Rights Club ~ Moscow Middle School – MOSS Science Camp ~ Moscow Sister City Association ~ Orphan Acres ~  Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) ~ Palouse Land Trust ~ Palouse Pathways ~ Palouse Prairie Foundation ~  Palouse Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation ~ Radio Free Moscow ~ University of Idaho Humanitarian Engineering Corps ~ Village Bicycle Project

December 14, 4 – 6:30 pm. City of Moscow Transportation Commission meeting at the Council Chambers. The Third Street/Mountain View bridge may be on the agenda.