Fighting Creek Landfill
Kootenai County Solid Waste operates, monitors, and maintains both active and closed landfills in Kootenai County. The Fighting Creek Farm Landfill
is the department's active landfill. It is located just off Highway 95 approximately 16 miles south of Coeur d'Alene. Fighting Creek Landfill is
a fully lined, permitted, environmentally safe facility that meets strict environmental requirements imposed by federal, state and local regulators.
Our goal is to maximize the use of the land while minimizing our impact on the environment and protecting the surrounding area.
Numerous times yearly, our crew is required to meet stringent quality testing for surface water, ground water, wastewater, air quality, gas emissions
and various other required regulations for operation of a tiered landfill. We strive to minimize visual impact for neighbors and visitors of Kootenai
County while still efficiently running day to day operations for long term waste handling.
At Fighting Creek Landfill, we are continuously expanding and planning for future growth within our footprint. One of the neat things this allows
us to do is to continue to expand fresh water ponds, wetlands, plantings, and habitat areas to increase the wildlife population indigenous to the
area. On any given day, we have 5-15 bald eagles flying in the sky along with other birds of prey, dozens of Canadian Geese pairs, various wetland
birds, small rodents and groupings of large game.
Beginning in 2010, Kootenai County began a partnership with Kootenai Electric Cooperative to convert captured landfill gas into electricity to
power neighboring homes. As of 2014, Fighting Creek Landfill is providing enough gas to generate electricity for approximately 1200 homes, with
more future expansion planned.
In addition to our active landfill at Fighting Creek, Solid Waste also maintains and monitors closed landfills. Ramsey Road Landfill is an
example of an old landfill, which is now being utilized as Ramsey Park by the City of Coeur d'Alene. Ramsey Park has ball fields, play structures,
courts and a gazebo for the public to use. This park is a great example of an old landfill that continues to be managed, monitored and safely
utilized as a busy recreational area.