A.M. Briefing: Filing would protect pilings
Leave the pilings alone.
Members of the Cougar Bay Osprey Protective
Association, Inc. have filed an application with the Idaho
Department of Lands for a permit to keep the century-old pilings
and booms in Cougar Bay.
As the group's name would indicate, the
goal is to maintain the pilings that osprey and other birds have
come to depend on for nesting and survival.
"It's a tremendous place for birds, both
permanent and migratory ones," said Sue Flammia, the group's vice
The permit wouldn't be in conflict with the
encroachment permit Kootenai County just obtained to install buoys
along the mouth of the wake, assured the group's legal
representative, Scott Reed.
The buoys would simply help establish the
no-wake zone that has been in place at the bay for more than 20
years — also a plus for the osprey.
"Every application (IDOL sees) is to do
something. 'Build this. Do this,'" Reed said. "Here this is — we
don't want to do anything except keep it the way it is." - Alecia