KEA Speaker Series: Valerie Wade–The Bunker Hill Superfund Site, Successes and Impacts

Bunker Hill Superfund Site

The Kootenai Environmental Alliance presents The Bunker Hill Superfund Site: Successes and the Continued Impact on North Idaho from Legacy Mining Practices. This special program, presented by Valerie Wade, is part of the KEA Speaker Series. Valerie is REHS Outreach Coordinator for the Institutional Controls Program at the Panhandle Health District. She is a local geologist and environmental health specialist. The event occurs on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30-7:00 PM.

Most folks living in our area understand that the Silver Valley lies within the Coeur d’Alene River drainage. However, if you are new to North Idaho, you may not appreciate its environmental impact on our area. The fact is that over the span of a hundred years of mining activity,  the district released tons of heavy metals into the local air and water system. As a result, the area developed a controversial environmental legacy. Consequently, this special presentation covers the history and the resulting Superfund designation. However, it also explains the mitigation efforts used to contain the damage and why the area is now considered a success story. As an added bonus, the presentation features many historic photos of the area.

The Kootenai Environmental Alliance Speaker Series takes place on the first Thursday of the month at the KEA. The KEA is located at 206 E Indiana, Ste 112, C d’A. Refreshments are served.