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Press: Speak Up Or Pay Up

Washington state is forging ahead with its insistence that Idaho cities meet a more difficult standard of wastewater discharge than do Washington dischargers. Disappointing, yes. Surprising? Nope. When Washington Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant decreed that the two neighbors would be held to different water quality standards, not even the ducks downriver gave a quack. Business as usual. But this business as usual, barring an unexpected veto from the federal Environmental Protection Agency or from the courts, is going to cost you. In fact, the phospherous-o-meter is running right now/Mike Patrick, Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

Question: Is it right for Washington to insist that North Idaho meet more stringent wastewater discharge demands that it does?

Press: Double Standard On River

For about five hours Monday, various parties participated in a “dispute resolution hearing” in Spokane. The purpose of the meeting was for interested groups to tell a five-member panel of Washington Department of Ecology staffers why they support or oppose the proposed water quality standards for the Spokane River. … Here’s the beef: The Washington Department of Ecology has recommended a much more rigorous water quality standard for Idaho than for itself. While Washington would be permitted 42 parts per billion of phosphorus, Kootenai County would be held to a standard of 36. Even if the technology were developed to meet that 36 parts standard - which would be the most rigorous in the nation - finding the millions upon millions of dollars to totally overhaul wastewater treatment facilities in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden seems all but impossible/Coeur d’Alene Press. More here.

  • Terry Harris tweets:In Boise for a couple of days, but we’ll have more to say about the Spokane River next week. It’s not so simple …

Question: What do you make of the insistence by the Washington Department of Ecology that sets a tougher water quality standard for Kootenai County towns along the Spokane River than for Spokane County ones?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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