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Coeur d'Alene Basin Interim Restoration Plan Completed
Date Posted: June 6, 2007The Coeur d'Alene Basin Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Trustees (Trustees) completed the Coeur d'Alene Basin Interim Restoration Plan (Plan) and Environmental Assessment on April 27, 2007, in coordination with the State of Idaho. The Trustees consisting of the Departments of Agriculture (Forest Service) and Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management), and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe have a long-standing partnership. That partnership began in 1991 when the Trustees initiated an assessment of natural resource injuries as a result of mining-related activities in the Coeur d'Alene Basin (Basin) in Idaho.
The Plan is interim because it is not intended to quantify or to analyze the full extent of actions necessary to accomplish restoration of injured natural resources or ecosystem services lost in the Basin. Instead, it is intended to begin restoration with funds currently available (approximately $5 million) from settlements reached with some of the parties potentially responsible for the mining-related natural resource injuries. The Plan's seven restoration projects focus on stream, riparian and wetland habitats. The site (called Bunker Hill Superfund site) was listed on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) superfund national priorities list in 1983 and since then they have been working on assessment and clean-up activities. The Trustees' restoration of natural resources and lost ecosystem services will be done in coordination with the remedial (clean-up) activities of the USEPA and the State of Idaho.