The Lands Council St. Joe River Restoration

The Lands Council will be restoring the forest canopy along approximately one mile of the St. Joe River floodplain and stabilizing banks where needed.  This project is eligible for $93,000 in Leading Idaho funding and has the potential for leveraging additional sources of funding to extend its reach.

City of Kellogg Sustainable Stormwater Improvements

The city of Kellogg is installing management improvements to the city’s stormwater outfalls. The city received $515,000 from Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative for the outfall projects located at Hill Street, north Kellogg, and Bunker Creek. This project will reduce phosphorus by 210 lbs. per year, yielding 2,100 lbs./10years (in perpetuity) for a cost-benefit ratio of $1160 per lb. per 10 years.

Coeur of d’Alene Stormwater Outfall Volume Reduction

The city of Coeur d’Alene is installing stormwater storage/filter systems and vegetated swales to divert stormwater from existing outfalls in the urban drainage areas. The city received $695,000 from Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative for the outfall projects at Independence Point, Sanders Beach, and Mullan Avenue. This project will reduce phosphorus by 395 lbs. per year, yielding 3,950 lbs./10years (in perpetuity) for a cost-benefit ratio of $880 per lb. per 10 years.

Northside Stormwater Drainage Improvements – Marmot Trail Road

Applicant – East Side Highway District

the East Side Highway District (ESHD) proposes road drainage improvements along the Marmot Trail, which discharges runoff to the north end of Coeur d’Alene Lake. The ESHD is requesting $14,100 of Leading Idaho funding. This project is an approximately 3,600-ft asphalt roadway with a very steep gradient. Erosion occurs in the roadside drainage ditches.

Coeur d’Alene River Stabilization

Kootenai-Shoshone Soil and Water Conservation District

The Kootenai-Shoshone Soil & Water Conservation District (KSSWCD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working with three landowners near Kingston to stabilize 925 linear feet of eroding streambank on the Coeur d’Alene River. NRCS/KSSWCD will provide project engineering, oversight, and certification to ensure the proper installation of riparian plantings, willow-infused rock rip-rap, and stream barbs. KSSWCD is granted $278,900 from Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative to complete this project and the bio-engineered bank stabilization.

Mica Creek Watershed Agricultural Sediment Reduction and Improvement Project Phase 2

Kootenai-Shoshone Soil Water Conservation District

The Kootenai-Shoshone Soil & Water Conservation District and the Mundt family are stabilizing 1600 feet of stream banks on Mica Creek, a tributary to Coeur d’Alene Lake. This project is awarded $49,000 from Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative to remove collapsed vegetation, armor the banks, and replant willows to prevent further erosion to protect Coeur d’Alene Lake’s existing fence and water quality.

City of Plummer and Stimson Lumber Company Municipal Wastewater Reuse Project

Applicant – City of Plummer

The City of Plummer proposes to allow Stimson Mill to use the City’s treated wastewater effluent for the mill’s non-potable uses. This proposal will request $300,000 from the Leading Idaho fund and reduce phosphorus loads to Coeur d’Alene Lake by approximately 75 pounds per year in perpetuity.