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State issues new discharge permit

Inland Empire Paper Co. has become the fourth Washington discharger to receive a new permit to pump treated wastewater in the Spokane River. Through the permit, the Washington Department of …


Airway Heights to stop using Parkwest well

Airway Heights has agreed to stop using a well that has deprived residents outside the city of water they’re entitled to pump. An “agreed order” with the state Department of …


Examiner rejects Coyote Rock development plat

The Spokane Valley hearing examiner has sent a proposed preliminary plat for a new section of the Coyote Rock development back to the developer for revision after agreeing with the …


Neighbors dispute plan to use herbicides on lake’s vegetation

A plan to apply herbicides in the water has stirred up controversy at Badger Lake. One of Washington’s top trout fishing destinations, the Spokane County lake also is home to …


Groups say river cleanup is flawed

Two environmental groups are threatening to sue the federal government over what they say are flaws in a long-awaited Spokane River cleanup plan. The Sierra Club and the Center for …


State money funds video telling people to clean up pet waste

OLYMPIA – Pollution in the Puget Sound is such a problem that a group trying to protect the ecosystem spent $27,000 in state money to make a catchy video, complete …


Developer, state dispute water level

The newest phase of the Coyote Rock development on the Spokane River may be in jeopardy over a dispute about where the ordinary high-water mark should be. Whether the project …


Runoff filling dry lake

Spokane County officials can take no credit for the lake that has risen on Saltese Flats south of Spokane Valley. The county’s ratepayer-funded Utilities Division has purchased about 500 acres …


City will apply for state Ecology grant

Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brenda Grassel cast the only vote against applying for a $125,000 grant from the Department of Ecology to help pay for the ongoing update of the …


Caldwell: Water disputes need local solutions

Two rivers run through the Rathdrum Prairie and Spokane Valley: one spilling from Lake Coeur d’Alene, one seeping from Pend Oreille, Hayden, Newman and other lakes. Each refreshes the other …


Paper mill, state close to reaching pollution plan

OLYMPIA – After seven years of sometimes contentious negotiations, the state and Inland Empire Paper Co. in Spokane Valley may be a month away from reaching an agreement on a …


Board rejects appeal of shoreline rule

Spokane’s new stricter building regulations along the Spokane River and Latah Creek remain intact after a state board rejected a challenge by the city’s former top administrator. John Pilcher, who …


Commission weighs easing river protection to improve trail

Spokane County planning commissioners received three new proposals last week for legalizing Centennial Trail improvements. Commissioners took testimony Thursday and agreed to extend the time for public comments through their …


Stevens County burn ban canceled

The Washington Department of Ecology has canceled a burn ban in Stevens County because of improving air quality.


Ecology fines Greenstone over trees

The removal of several trees along the Liberty Lake shoreline merits a $15,000 fine against Greenstone Development Co. and owner Jim Frank, the Washington Department of Ecology said Wednesday. The …


Dock opinion helps city

A Spokane County judge has issued a letter of opinion stating he doesn’t see anything wrong with Shoreline Management Act exemptions the city of Spokane Valley granted for the installation …


Springdale gas station burns, prompting water worries

The State Department of Ecology is assisting with the cleanup of an old Springdale gas station that was destroyed by fire early Saturday, fearing runoff may pose a threat to …


Wash. sees risk in sending oil spill ships to Gulf

Two of the Pacific Northwest’s largest oil-spill response vessels may be called to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


Curbside pickup of scraps, soiled paper to begin July 12

If it’s been bugging you that you can’t recycle that discarded pizza box from last night, worry no more. Starting July 12, city of Spokane and Waste Management trash customers …


Suit seeks more water for salmon

Conservation and fishermen’s groups are suing the Washington State Department of Ecology to allow more water over dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers to protect salmon and steelhead.


Trail completion in doubt

A state determination barring the construction of new trails along some portions of the Spokane River could cause further headaches in the two-decade effort to complete the popular Centennial Trail. …


Shoreline plan gets hearing

The Spokane Valley City Council and the city’s Planning Commission members spent most of the evening Tuesday listening to a lengthy presentation about progress being made on the city’s Shoreline …


City crafting new shoreline plan

A plan to develop new shoreline regulations in Spokane Valley generated little enthusiasm Tuesday among City Council members. Several members resented having to spend $150,000 of city money for a …


Study maps aquifer’s shape

Local officials are knee-deep in a $125,000 study to discover the underground shape of the dwindling West Plains aquifer. The vast aquifer is being depleted because it can’t naturally recharge …


Hutterites ordered to lower water

The Spokane Hutterite Brethren must begin lowering the water behind an earthen dam on a tributary of Deep Creek to prevent flooding, Washington Department of Ecology officials said Thursday.