After some careful consideration and some grassroots encouragement, Kootenai Environmental Alliance is launching a new campaign this week to Save Cougar Bay.
We think Cougar Bay is essentially the Tubbs Hill of Coeur d’Alene Lake.
Cougar Bay, the last quiet bay on Coeur d’Alene Lake, is rich with fish and wildlife habitat, historic significance, and is an important haven for quiet recreation close to the city. Currently, Cougar Bay has an incomplete patchwork of land protections to preserve much of the shoreline and uplands. And the Bay itself has a “no wake zone” to protect the water from intrusive boating.
But the threats continue and the pressures remain, and we worry that without greater protection, what makes Cougar Bay so exceptional now can easily be lost – and can be lost forever. On the other hand, we believe that there is a strong grassroots constituency for preserving Cougar Bay in a more comprehensive and lasting manner.
We hope to bring this constituency to the forefront. In the next several weeks, we will focus a great deal of KEA’s organizational efforts on saving Cougar Bay. As our campaign develops, we hope you will join us in supporting a unique and creative proposal to protect the historic pilings in Cougar Bay for osprey habitat. We hope you will join us in supporting efforts to enhance and enforce the no wake provisions in the Bay and efforts to prevent the Bay from being overrun by commercialization and big boats. And we hope you will join us in finding additional permanent protections for the undeveloped shorelines and uplands.
The campaign kicks off this Wednesday at an informational meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library at 6pm. Local attorney Scott Reed and others will describe the ongoing efforts to protect Cougar Bay and why our campaign is so necessary.
As the Save Cougar Bay campaign develops, we will be updating the blog frequently, and we’ve created a new facebook page for the campaign. Please join us, and stay tuned for the ways you can help.