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Clean Water Act to be explored Wednesday by Spokane panel

Casting call: Hoping for a bite from a redband rainbow trout, Mike Thomas casts his line into the Spokane River near Riverside State Park on Wednesday. Thomas, a student at Spokane Falls Community College, said he took the day for himself to get in some time at the river before temperatures start to drop. Thomas said he plans to transfer to North Idaho College to pursue studies in wildlife biology. (Tyler Tjomsland)
Casting call: Hoping for a bite from a redband rainbow trout, Mike Thomas casts his line into the Spokane River near Riverside State Park on Wednesday. Thomas, a student at Spokane Falls Community College, said he took the day for himself to get in some time at the river before temperatures start to drop. Thomas said he plans to transfer to North Idaho College to pursue studies in wildlife biology. (Tyler Tjomsland)

ENVIRONMENT — Local experts will discuss “The Clean Water Act at 40” and its implications to the Spokane River in a public panel discussion Wednesday (Nov. 7), 6 p.m. at The Community Buildling, 35 W. Main St.

“In October of 1972 Congress signed in to law a historic piece of legislation that to this day continues to help clean up and protect the Spokane River,” says Spokane RiverKeeper Bart Mihailovich, sponsor of the event. 

The discussion and public Q&A opportunities will be moderated by Rick Eichstaedt, executive director of the Center for Justice and a Clean Water Act expert.

Three panelists from Avista and local and state agencies will discuss a Fishable, Swimmable and Drinkable Spokane River.

Read on for details about the local panelists — and the REFRESHMENTS that will be available.

Clean Water Act at 40 panelists include:

FISHABLE: Tim Vore, Avista Corporation
Tim Vore is an environmental specialist in fisheries and aquatic programs for Avista’s Spokane River Hydroelectric Project. His major experience has been in natural resource management and coordinating environmental programs related to the operation of company hydropower facilities.

SWIMMABLE: Mike LaScuola, Spokane Regional Health District
Mike LaScuola is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist / Registered Sanitarian with the Regional Health District where he serves, among things, as the Health Advisor for the Spokane River fish and sediment health advisories.

DRINKABLE: Guy J. Gregory, Washington State Department of Ecology
Guy Gregory R.G., L.G., L. Hg is the Technical Unit Supervisor and Senior Hydrogeologist for the Washington Department of Ecology Water Resources Program in Spokane. His group is responsible for gathering data on groundwater supply conditions in Eastern Washington.

The RiverKeeper says a free yearly subscription to Swim Drink Fish Music will be offered to all who attend the event.

Beer and wine will be available for tasting as well as Riverkeeper and DOMA “GOOD COFFEE.”
  




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