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Cheap .22 ammo top attraction at Portland sportsmen’s show

SHOOTING — Remember when Jim Zumbo and fishing demo tanks stocked with real fish were the big attractions advertized by sportsman show promoters?

Times have changed:  A promotion getting big attention for the  Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show in Portland next week is a chance for 15,000 gun owners to score a brick of cheap .22 rimfire ammunition.

Each day of the show, Cascade Farm and Outdoor of Walla Walla will sell 6,000 short bricks (300 rounds) for $20 each, or 6.7 cents per round, reports Oregon outdoor writer Bill Monroe.

"They're CCI, 36-grain, copper-plated, hollow-point cartridges.That's how many permits will be issued on a first-come basis to show attendees – exhibitors included – allowing them to buy inexpensive short 'bricks' of .22 caliber long rifle ammunition."

Details are posted online. The show runs Feb. 4-8 at the Portland Expo Center.

Shooters are well aware that .22 rimfire ammo, the most popular recreational shooting caliber, has been in short supply for years. Panic buying and hoarding apparently was prompted by consumer hysteria that President Obama somehow had the power to confiscate guns and stockpile ammo.

"Few major sources in the Portland area had any (.22 ammo) at all in a cursory check this past week," Monroe said. "Prices for those that did ranged from 16 to 20 cents per round. American ammunition manufacturers are racing to keep up with demand, but some retailers are importing .22 ammo from Mexico."

"Brick" is a term for a small container, usually cardboard, holding smaller boxes of .22 ammunition, usually 40 or 50 rounds. Years ago, a brick was always 500 rounds. Today total cartridges in a 22 brick varies from 300-500 rounds.

Lead ammo still targeted despite court ruling

Environmental groups say a recent court loss won’t make them remove lead ammo from their crosshairs.

"We are absolutely going to push forward with our campaign to end lead ammunition. We think it’s the right thing to do for both wildlife and human health," Bill Snape, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, told the Lewiston Tribune last week. "This is not about ending hunting, this is about having safe hunting, not only for wildlife but for hunters as well."

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency has no jurisdiction to regulate lead used in ammunition. The case was brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, which joined 100 other groups in petitioning the EPA under the Toxic Substances Control Act and asking the agency to regulate spent lead ammunition.

The groups contend lead ammo is responsible for poisoning millions of birds and other animals each year and say it also poses a threat to people who consume game killed with lead shot and bullets.

Hunters and ammunition makers argue that lead doesn’t pose a risk to wildlife on a population scale and say using lead substitutes would be too expensive and could damage some firearms. They also say banning lead ammunition would be a job killer, especially in places like Lewiston, which is home to multiple ammunition makers.

Here's more from the Tribune story by Outdoor write Eric Barker:

In the past, the environmental groups asked the agency to regulate all lead ammunition. The agency denied the request because the act contains a short provision exempting "cartridges and shells" from its jurisdiction.

This time the groups asked the agency to regulate spent ammunition, or the lead after it has exited a cartridge or shell. The three-judge panel rejected the argument.

"Their petition seeks the regulation of spent lead yet suggests no way in which EPA could regulate spent lead without also regulating cartridges and shells," the judges said in their ruling.

The decision was hailed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry.

"We are pleased the Court of Appeals considered the legal merits in the case and has now ruled that Congress has not given the EPA the authority to regulate ammunition, putting an end to efforts by anti-hunting zealots to end America’s hunting heritage," said Lawrence G. Keane, a senior vice president and attorney for the foundation.

But Snape said the groups will be back in some manner and suggested that could include more petitions to the EPA. He said they will also work to convince hunters to use nontoxic substitutes such as copper.

"We don’t understand why hunters across the country are not embracing non-lead ammo," he said. "This really is a matter of when, not a matter of if."

He said the groups have not yet decided if they will appeal the ruling.

Youth vulnerable to lead poisoning at shooting ranges

SHOOTING — The Seattle Times series of stories on lead poisoning issues at shooting ranges is providing more food for thought and action:

The youngsters knew their sport could be dangerous, even deadly.

But for the junior team at the Vancouver (Wash.) Rifle and Pistol Club, the peril that emerged from their sport didn’t come from a stray bullet.

It came from lead.

In 2010, blood tests revealed that 20 youths had been overexposed to the poisonous metal after shooting in the club’s dirty, poorly ventilated range.

“It was devastating,” said Marc Ueltschi, the junior team coach and a club member. “It scared the life out of me. No one knew anything about lead poisoning and what to fix.”

Vancouver Rifle is just one of several private gun clubs across the United States that have posed health hazards in a sport with growing numbers of youths and women.

While those most likely to be poisoned by lead in gun ranges are the workers themselves, The Seattle Times has found dozens of avid shooters overexposed in such states as Washington, Massachusetts and Alaska.

The most vulnerable are children learning to shoot and compete in clubs operated by volunteers who may have little knowledge of the risks of firing lead ammunition. Gunfire can put lead residue in the air, and on the skin and nearby surfaces.

Lead poisoning documented at some shooting ranges

SHOOTING — Exposure to lead at shooting ranges is a poorly monitored health risk that's affecting shooters and people who work at the facilities in some areas, according to a story in the Seattle Times.

Indoor, outdoor, public and private, gun ranges dot the national landscape like bullet holes riddling a target, as the popularity of shooting has rocketed to new heights with an estimated 40 million recreational shooters annually.

But a hidden risk lies within almost all of America’s estimated 10,000 gun ranges: firing lead-based ammunition spreads vapor and dust filled with lead, an insidious toxin.

Thousands of workers, shooters and their family members have been contaminated at shooting ranges due to poor ventilation and contact with lead-coated surfaces, a Seattle Times investigation has found.

Those most at risk are range workers who inhale airborne lead as they instruct customers and clean up spent ammunition. Lead exposure can cause an array of health problems — from nausea and fatigue to organ damage, mental impairment and even death.

Employees have carried lead residue into their homes on their skin, clothes, shoes and work gear, inadvertently contaminating family members, including children, those most vulnerable to lead’s debilitating health effects.

For the public, shooting firearms is the most common way of getting lead poisoning outside of work, according to national statistics.

Through documents, interviews and a first-of-its-kind analysis of occupational lead-monitoring data, The Times has found reckless shooting-range owners who’ve repeatedly violated workplace-safety laws.

The nation has an estimated 6,000 commercial indoor and outdoor gun ranges, but over the past decade, only 201 have been inspected, according to a Times analysis of federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records. Of those inspected, 86 percent violated at least one lead-related standard.

Oregon surveying residents on lead ammo for hunting

Updated 1 p.m. with more details.

HUNTING — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife plans to ask state residents to share their opinions about using lead ammunition for hunting.

A survey is being mailed this month to a random sample of 4,200 hunters in the state. The department later plans a survey of non-hunters.

A wildlife division administrator, Ron Anglin, says lead ammo is a national issue because of its effects on wildlife and human health.

California plans to ban use of lead ammo for hunting starting in 2019. 

Read on for more details from the Eugene Register-Guard and Associated Press:

EUGENE, Ore. — On the theory that what happens in California often drifts north, Oregon wildlife officials are surveying hunters in the state to gauge their opinions about lead ammunition.

By 2019, lead ammunition will be banned in California, which acted to further the recovery of the condor from near extinction.

There’s no drive in Oregon to bar lead ammunition, but the question has been contentious in the United States for years. Lead ammunition is blamed for poisoning birds that scavenge animals killed with it.

“We want to make sure that if questions are being asked, that we as an agency have a good feel of what the hunting community thinks so that we can respond with what our hunters are telling us,” said Ron Anglin, wildlife division administrator.

The survey will be mailed to a random sample of 4,200 Oregon hunters — the state has an estimated 250,000. The wildlife department plans a similar survey later of non-hunters in Oregon, Anglin said.

Oregon doesn’t regulate lead bullets, the Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/1jJdSpI ) reports, but since 1991 there has been a federal ban on lead in the shells that waterfowl hunters used in shotguns.

In years since the ban, steel and other variants of shot shells have come onto the market.

Lead ammunition is generally cheaper than the alternatives, and it’s often more effective.

“Outside of the toxicity, lead would be the ideal ballistic material — it’s cheap, it’s everywhere and it’s easy to form,” said Ralph Nauman, president of Environ-Metal in Sweet Home.

The company makes a no-lead, nontoxic brand of shot shells made of copper, nickel and iron.

The company has tried to sell bullets without lead but discontinued the line more than a decade ago, he said.

Anglin said several instances of lead poisoning among Oregon birds of prey have been documented, in eastern Oregon and the Portland area.

“When they’ve done blood tests on them, they found high levels of lead,” he said. “But we don’t know what the source of those levels was.”

In Eugene, Executive Director Louise Shimmel of the Cascades Raptor Center said her organization sees one or two instances of lead poisoning each year.

“It’s the scavengers — the eagles, the soaring hawks like red-tails, the vultures and ravens — that are going to go for gut piles of things that were shot,” she said.

California first state to ban lead ammo for hunting

HUNTING — California will become the first state to ban lead ammunition for all types of hunting, according to a bill signed into law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The ban is set to be fully phased in by July 1, 2019, in order to protect wildlife and humans from the dangers of consuming lead-shot meat.

Animal rights groups help spearhead the legislation in part to protect endangered California condors, which have been known to die from lead poisoning after consuming lead-bullet-tainted gut piles or meat from animals wounded by hunters.

  • The issues have been the source of debate and research for years.

Brown said the bill protects hunters by allowing the ban to be lifted if the federal government ever prohibits non-lead ammo.

According to the Associated Press, opponents of AB711 argued that non-lead ammunition is more expensive and could be banned federally because it is technically considered to be armor-piercing.

Supporters of the new law say the use of lead bullets also endangers humans who eat game killed with the ammunition.

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood says the ban makes sense because lead has already been prohibited in paint, gasoline and toys.

In a mixed day for gun owners, Brown vetoed a bill that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.

The bill would have imposed the nation's toughest restrictions on gun ownership.

Brown also signed a measure from Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which bans kits that allow people to turn regular ammunition magazines into high-capacity magazines.

He also signed two other pieces of legislation, which restrict the ability of mentally ill people to possess firearms.

Lead ammunition ban awaits California governor’s signature

HUNTING — The California Senate on Monday passed legislation to protect the state’s condors, eagles and other wildlife from lead poisoning by requiring the use of nonlead ammunition for all hunting by 2019.
 
Assembly Bill 711 passed by a vote of 23-15 after being approved by the state Assembly in May.
 
If the bill is signed by the governor, California would be the first state in the country to require the use of nontoxic bullets and shot for all hunting.
 
The legislation would require the state Fish and Game Commission to issue regulations by July 1, 2015, that phase in use of nonlead ammunition for hunting of all kinds, including game mammals, game birds, nongame birds and nongame mammals. These requirements would be fully implemented statewide by July 1, 2019.
 
 
Nontarget birds and other wildlife are poisoned from scavenging carcasses containing lead-bullet fragments, eating lead-poisoned prey, or ingesting spent lead-shot pellets, mistaking them for food or grit. 

Court dismisses case on lead ammunition

SHOOTING — The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups seeking to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban ammunition containing lead components.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in August. The court today agreed with NSSF that EPA does not have the authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The environmental groups are considering an appeal of today’s ruling, according to The Center for Biological Diversity, noting the federal judge dismissed the case on technical grounds but did not rule on the substance of the claim, namely whether EPA should regulate lead ammunition under the toxics law. 

Read on for media releases on today's ruling from these two groups representing both sides of the issue:

Sportsmen’s Act failure pegged to overspending

HUNTING — More details on the U.S. Senate vote this week turning down the Sportsmen's Act:

Alabama senator: Sportsmen's bill exceeded spending limits

The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, came as a surprise to many who believed the measures contained in the bill enjoyed wide-ranging public support, but Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said the bill exceeded spending limits passed by the Senate in 2011 to address federal debt, and for that reason alone, the bill failed.

Great Falls Tribune

See stories on the optimism the act would pass a day before the Monday vote.

See skepticism about the act on other issues posted last summer.

Sportsmen’s Act likely to pass; some groups unhappy

 Some components of 'Sportsmen's Act' concern environmental groups

Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on, and likely pass, Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's "Sportsmen's Act of 2012," a grab bag of bills dealing with hunting, fishing, conservation and public access measures, but environmental groups said there are problems with some of the measures, including one that would preclude the EPA from banning the use of lead in ammunition.

See stories:

Missoulian, Nov. 24, 2012

Washington Post, Nov. 25, 2012

Spring is toxic to migrating tundra swans stopping here

WILDLIFE — It's been well publicized over the years, but we can't let people forget that our lower Coeur d'Alene river basin is a toxic stew for migrating waterfowl, thanks to the waste of a century of upstream mining.

An eyewitness to a swan death report the observation complete with a photo, posted on Huckleberries online.

More heat on hunters to get the lead out

HUNTING — Birding and wildlfie groups are focusing the spotlight on hunters and shooters who use lead shot and bullets claiming that 20 million birds die each year of lead poisoning.

Read the story here.

Lead for hunting, fishing getting heavily criticized

HUNTING/FISHING — Editorials by leaders in the hunting and fishing community, findings from several new studies, and action by the U.S. military are prompting conservation groups to press Congress to re-evaluate proposed legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating lead in ammunition used for hunting.

The American Bird Conservancy compiled the following list of recent endorsements, editorials and research summaries to consider.

Are the fish safe to eat? Find out here

FISHING — Advisories for how much fish should be consumed from area waters that may be affected by mercury, PCBs or other contaminants are available in:

Idaho online or  (866) 240-3553.

Washington online or   (877) 485-7316.

These advisories are especially important for children and pregnant women.

Lead tackle restricted at 13 lakes

FISHING — Starting Sunday, the use of lead fishing tackle will be restricted in northern Washington at 13 lakes frequented by nesting common loons.

After a year of discussion and public meetings, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to prohibit the use of lead weights and jigs that measure 1½ inches or less along the longest axis at 12 lakes.

The lakes in Eastern Washington include:

  • Ferry County: Ferry and Swan;
  • Okanogan County:  Bonaparte, Blue and Lost;
  • Pend Oreille County: Big Meadow, South Skookum and Yocum;
  • Stevens County:  Pierre Lake.

In addition, the commission banned the use of flies containing lead at Long Lake in Ferry County.

The restrictions are designed to protect loons from being poisoned by ingesting small lead fishing gear lost by anglers.

Information on loons and lead tackle has been compiled on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's website.

Bill would remove lead tackle, bullets from EPA rule

ENVIRONMENT — Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress that would protect fishing and hunting gear from environmental lawsuits, according to a report in Northwest Sportsman Magazine.
 
Washington's 5th District Congresswoman is among 37 representatives cosponsoring "The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, HR 1558, introducd in mid-April.  Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is among one of four co-sponsors of a companion bill, S 838, in the upper chamber.

The bills would modify the Toxic Substances Control Act to exempt bullets, shot, weights, lures and hooks, among other items, from EPA regulation.

Lead levels spike in Lake Cda

This home is one of many that got caught in the flooding in Cataldo, Idaho, on Jan. 18. At peak flow on that day, water samples taken at Harrison had the highest lead reading since February 1996.

An estimated 352,000 pounds of lead washed into Lake Coeur d’Alene on Jan. 18 after flooding related to a rain-on-snow event.

That’s the weight equivalent of 70 Dodge Ram 1500 pickups – and the highest volume of lead recorded in a 24-hour period since major flooding in February 1996.

Greg Clark, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist, attributed high lead concentrations to a rapid rise in the Coeur d’Alene River caused by pounding rains and melting snow. At Harrison, where the river empties into Lake Coeur d’Alene, the Jan. 18 flows averaged 19,000 cubic feet per second. Becky Kramer, SR

How worried are you about high lead concentration in Lke Coeur d' Alene?

Non-lead ammo may spare critters in Wyoming

WILDLIFE — Wyoming researchers say the distribution of nonlead ammunition to hunters in Jackson Hole is likely helping prevent lead poisoning of ravens, eagles and other scavengers.  But the study is in its early stages.

This is the second year researchers have tried to gauge the impacts of hunters using lead-free ammunition on the levels of lead found in the blood of big-game scavengers.

Researchers distributed nonlead ammunition to about 100 hunters who had 2010 permits for the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park.

Biologists then captured ravens and eagles and measured the level of lead in the birds, which can ingest lead bullet fragments from gut piles and wounded-and-lost game.

Previous research has shown that lead in ravens and eagles rise during hunting season and then drop off after hunting season ends.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide says researchers plan to hand out more lead-free ammunition next hunting season.

Lead shot banned for controlling nuisance wildlife

ENVIRONMENT — In an effort to reduce lead toxicity hazards to wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it has banned the use of lead ammunition for it's official control hunting of nuisance birds such as blackbirds, cowbirds, grackles, crows and magpies.

The agency often allows lethal control of these birds in areas where they congregate in numbers large enough to cause damage to crops or property or pose a health or safety hazard.

This new regulation will require the use of non-toxic ammunition in the control of these nuisance birds. 

“Depredation hunting tends to leave large amounts of highly toxic lead ammunition on the ground that non-target birds and other wildlife consume while mistaking it for food," said Michael Fry, an avian toxicologist and advocacy director for the American Bird Conservancy.

"We have had many discussions with FWS about using non-toxic shot for all agency operations and we are very glad they have made this decision.”

“The paint industry got the lead out, the gasoline industry got the lead out, the toy industry got the lead out, the home building industry got the lead out of plumbing, and even the automotive industry most recently is getting the lead out of the wheel weights on cars," Fry said. 
"The lethal impacts of lead in our environment are so well documented and accepted by the science and health community that any deliberate release of lead into a public environment should be viewed as unacceptable."

Washington lead restrictions advance today

ENVIRONMENT - Washington is taking another step today in giving lead the boot in the state's hunting and fishing circles.

Although pheasant releases won't resume until next fall in Eastern Washington, hunters technically will be required to use nontoxic shot at the specified pheasant release sites starting today.

The nontoxic shot rule that's been in effect at refuges and release sites for several years in Western Washington was set to phase in to the East Side in 2011.

The boundaries of those nontoxic shot zones have not yet been defined, said Madonna Luers, Fish and Wildlife Department spokeswoman.

Last month, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved rules restricting lead fishing tackle at 13 northern Washington lakes frequented by nesting common loons.

It was a federal rule that banned lead shot for use in waterfowl hunting starting in 1986.

  

Lead tackle restrictions to be considered

FISHING – Restrictions on use of lead fishing tackle at 13 lakes with nesting loons will be considered by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets Dec. 2-4 in Olympia.

The lead issue is on the agenda for Dec. 4.

Studies have shown that loons can die of lead poisoning by ingesting lead sinkers as they forage for fish.

The 13 lakes where loons breed in Washington include Ferry, Long and Swan lakes in Ferry County; Calligan and Hancock lakes in King County; Bonaparte, Blue and Lost lakes in Okanogan County; Big Meadow, South Skookum and Yocum lakes in Pend Oreille County; Pierre Lake in Stevens County; and Hozomeen Lake in Whatcom County.

Click here for more information on lead and loons:

Another Green Monday

DTE is thrilled to see more bikes on the road but putting a number on the growing number of riders is an issue. The success of blogs, non-profits, and events like Bike To Work week and Spokefest are definite indicators of a city ready to ride yet an actual count of regular bike commuters remains a mystery. (Check a must-read from last year on this pervasive dilemma, titled The Unseen Cyclist.) So here’s a new qualifying experiment: The City of Spokane needs volunteers to assist with a count of cyclists and pedestrians on October 1st and October 3rd. This is a great opportunity because the count will provide data that the City can use for funding bicycle and pedestrian improvements.



There will be two counts during high commuter hours—one during a weekday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. and one during a weekday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. The plan is to organize the counts on Thursday, Oct. 1, and needs 24 volunteers for each count—two each at a dozen intersections, and the City might add a count on Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. If interested, please contact Grant Wencel (or call him at 509-625-6694) and a meeting for volunteers will be on Tuesday, September 29th, 7pm, at City Hall. For more information, check out www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/Count.htm. This is a critical issue for us all as we consider viable and safe alternative transportation so Spokane can move forward.

Below are some stories you might’ve missed.

Washington lawmakers vote to ban lead tire weights…

Those little lead weights clipped onto your tires may soon may go the way of lead type, lead toy soldiers and lead paint.

Washington’s state Senate on Tuesday voted to ban the installation of lead tire weights by 2011. Tire dealers will be required to use alternatives like zinc or a steel alloy.

The amended bill now goes back to the House, which is expected to approve it. It then goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire to be signed into law.

“The Asian and European car makers have used alternative wheel weights for years now,” said Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy, the prime sponsor of HB 1033. “We are just catching up to them.”

Lead is highly toxic, Campbell says, and it only makes sense to use less hazardous alternatives. It has been linked to brain damage and other nervous system damage, particularly in young children.

The weights, which have long been used to balance tires and prevent shimmying at high speeds, can come loose and be flung by the roadside. The state Department of Ecology estimates that 5 percent of wheel weights come loose. That would mean that vehicle wheels are dropping 20 tons of lead on roadways and parking lots each year.

Worsening matters, Campbell says, the weights can be pulverized by passing cars, making it even easier for the soft metal to leach into rain runoff and soil.

Eighteen lawmakers, mostly Republicans, voted no.

“This bill seems to be a solution in search of a problem,” said Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. “If you stop and look and think, where does lead come from? It comes from the soil. So it gets ground up, it goes back in the soil. I see no problem here.”

Some tire dealers are already phasing out lead weights. Les Schwab announced last summer that it was switching to steel weights at all 400-plus shops in eight states, including Washington and Idaho. As part of a legal settlement in a case brought by environmental groups, several major manufacturers have agreed to stop using lead weights in California by the end of this year.

Campbell’s bill would apply to weights installed on new tires or changed during routine tire maintenance. Businesses, rather than vehicle owners, will be responsible for replacing the old weights with safer equivalents. There are exceptions for large-diameter tires and vehicles with gross weights over 14,000 pounds.

Tire businesses that illegally install lead weights could be fined up to $500.

“We think that there will be pretty good compliance with this,” said Rep. Phil Rockefeller, D-Bainbridge Island.

Campbell said the steel weights are usually a non-rusting alloy.

“But even if rust occurred, it would not be significant in the lifetime of the weight,” he said. “It also would not be a bio-toxin like lead.”

The Lands Council: “What an amazing year!”

Spokane non-profit the Lands Council, has named their accomplishments for 2008. It’s quite an impressive list. After reading, we realized how important the Land Council is to improving our quality of life in the region, and they especially deserve a big ups for the lead screening and education effort, something that often goes unreported.

 

From their website:

The Lands Council takes action to protect our drinking water and restore the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene watershed.

—-We have been awarded a contract from Washington Department of Ecology to study the feasibility of bringing beaver back to Washington State to naturally store water and restore wetlands. We will be raising matching funds for this innovative project.

—-We continue to participate in the Spokane River cleanup process, which is focused on removing phosphorus and improving dissolved oxygen levels to protect fish and other aquatic life.

—-We are active participants in a bi-state, regional water dialogue with a committee of local elected officials, including the mayors of Spokane and Post Falls. Our first task in 2009 is advocating for an effective regional water conservation program

 

 

Go here for full list.

Lands Council Quarterly Open House

There’s no denying it: Tonight’s weather is going to be miserable but you will still see many people out on the downtown streets because it’s the First Friday Artwalk in Spokane and it’s always a good time. Be sure to check out The Lands Council offices from 5-7pm at 25 W. Main, 2nd Floor. You’ll learn about their work to reduce childhood lead poisoning in Spokane with an interactive display and see the art of Jillian Foster.