COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Leaders of the US Army Corps of Engineers said shade trees growing along flood-control levees in Coeur d’Alene would not have to be removed after all.
The agency decided the trees would not hinder the community’s ability to qualify for disaster relief funds. The levee separates Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River from North Idaho College and the Fort Grounds neighborhood.
Officials originally worried the root systems were beginning to destabilize the levee. The city engineer said experts examined more than 1,000 trees. Only those that are dead or unhealthy will have to be removed.