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Coeur d'Alene Basin Interim Restoration Plan
Beginning in the early 1990s, the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, and the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe (Trustees), initiated a CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980) Natural Resource Damage Assessment to assess and quantify the scope of injuries to natural resources resulting from exposure to mining-related metals contamination in the Coeur d’Alene Basin (Basin) and to quantify the amount of damages to restore, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of such injured resources.
The Trustees’ Draft Interim Restoration Plan identifies restoration
alternatives for addressing mining-related natural resource injuries in the Coeur d’Alene
River Basin (Basin), and to provide the public notice and opportunity to comment on
those alternatives during a thirty-day comment period that will begin on June 19, 2006
and end on July 18, 2006.
You may view a news release and the Draft Interim Restoration Plan under "Hot Topics" at www.fws.gov/easternwashington.
McArthur Lake Wildlife Corridor
The McArthur Lake area is a key corridor for wildlife between the Selkirk, Purcell, and Cabinet Mountains in north Idaho. It also hosts a major U.S. Highway and two international railroad lines. The result is a hazardous situation for both people and wildlife. The Forest Service and other landowners in the area are working on solutions to reduce the hazards.
Carpenter Gulch Stream Restoration
This project involved removing flooded-out roads from stream channels, restoring natural habitats and conditions.
Interior Columbia River Basin Ecosystem Management Project
A wide area project (including the Idaho Panhandle National Forests) ordered by President Clinton in 1993 to assess land management trends in eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, most of Idaho, portions of western Montana, and small portions of northern Utah and northern Nevada.