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High temperatures at area lakes a threat to aquatic life

Wear a wet suit or skip it? That was the dilemma facing swimmers at the Steve Omi Memorial Swim at Sanders Beach on Saturday morning. With surface water temperatures reaching …


‘Play Clean’ reminds North Idaho lake users of lead danger

Andy Helkey recently took his 10-year-old daughter kayaking at Killarney Lake. Afterward, father and daughter ate a picnic lunch. But first, they washed their hands to reduce their risk of …


Hecla agrees to $600,000 fine for pollution

Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 for releasing pollution into the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River over a five-year period.


B.C. smelter spewed heavy metals into Upper Columbia River valley

Smokestacks from a Canadian smelter deposited high levels of lead and arsenic into the Upper Columbia River valley, new soil testing has confirmed. To protect children from lead exposure, the …


Progress seen in Coeur d’Alene River Basin cleanup efforts

Cleaning up historic mine waste is paying dividends for water quality in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin, according to a new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey. The report …


Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution, solutions

Five years ago, officials from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho shook hands on a deal to address historic mining pollution at the bottom of Lake Coeur …


Union Pacific faces lawsuit over cleanup costs

A company that operated more than 20 mines in Idaho’s Silver Valley over the past century can sue a railroad that hauled ore to try to recover some of the …


Idaho mine cleanup aims to create new land

NINE MILE CANYON, Idaho – More than a century ago, prospectors hit pay dirt in this narrow, forested canyon, extracting a fortune in silver, lead and zinc from four mining …


Spokane Tribe members want more time to review Midnite Mine cleanup plan

WELLPINIT, Wash. – Members of the Spokane Tribe gathered near the Midnite Mine on Sunday to offer prayers and songs for the healing of the defunct uranium mine. As the …


Tundra swans flock to restored Idaho wetlands

Hundreds of tundra swans suddenly rose off of a marsh, the strokes of their powerful wings making a whistling sound as they flew. They landed a short distance away at …


Scientists survey Coeur d’Alene River for heavy metals

The Coeur d’Alene River ran hard and muddy Tuesday in Rose Lake, engulfing beaches, claiming low-lying fields and pushing deep into the floodplain. But the churning waters created ideal conditions …


Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper seeks to protect namesake lake, educate residents

A new Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper program aims to get residents involved in helping protect one of North Idaho’s most valuable assets: water quality in the 50-square-mile lake. “We want …


CdA river basin project locates lead deposits

Ed Moreen powered a small motorboat up the Lower Coeur d’Alene River Friday morning, pointing out colorful layers of sediment in the riverbank. The reddish soil was stained by iron …


Restoring Nine Mile Canyon

NINE MILE CANYON, Idaho – Before his big break came, Jim Callahan spent 17 years searching for the mother lode. The Michigan native staked his claim in this narrow, forested …


Blood-lead testing crucial for Silver Valley children

When Shane Stancik grew up near the old Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter complex, it was a magnet for neighborhood kids. He and his friends poked around the rusting equipment …


Popular beaches to become cleaner

Washington will spend $600,000 to clean up heavy metals from four popular Spokane River beaches this summer, reducing exposure risks for people and wildlife. The work will be done at …


Silver Valley decontamination begins

The first big dollars are starting to flow out of a $460 million trust fund established to pay for cleanup of mining pollution in Idaho’s Silver Valley. About $8.5 million …


Curtailed Silver Valley cleanup is ‘interim’ EPA plan

Three decades from now, Silver Valley residents could still be living in a Superfund site, under the federal government’s scaled-back cleanup plans. After an outcry from Idaho’s elected officials and …


Hecla Superfund settlement approved

A federal judge has approved a $263.4 million settlement with Hecla Mining Co. that resolves one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits. The money paid by Hecla will be used …


Hecla Mining Co. settles Superfund cleanup lawsuit

The owner of Idaho’s oldest operating silver mine agreed to pay $263.4 million plus interest to clean up historic mine waste in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, resolving one of the …


Flooding spiked lead levels in Lake Coeur d’Alene

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 …


Zanetti Brothers agrees to share of basin cleanup

One of the Silver Valley’s oldest family-run companies has reached a $200,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over Superfund cleanup of historic mine waste. Zanetti Brothers Inc. will …


Upper Columbia pollution under study

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling. Researchers have tested 2,300 fish above Grand Coulee Dam for lead, …


Multiyear study of Teck pollution continues

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling.


Asarco will pay $436 million to clean up CdA pollution

Asarco Inc. will pay $436 million to cleanup decades of mining waste in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.


Health Study Planned For Cda Basin

Health workers will be going door to door from the Idaho-Montana border to the Chain Lakes this summer, collecting blood and urine samples from hundreds of people. The sampling is …


Lead Passes Into Womb, Tests Show Fears Of Silver Valley Residents Confirmed By Latest Research

A study tracking the movement of lead in pregnant mothers confirms what people in the Silver Valley have suspected for years: lead can be passed on to children. The study, …