Stories tagged: sewage
UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Ick-free and ready for a dip: Portland touts revived river
For decades, Portland residents have been repulsed by the idea of swimming in the Willamette River because of weekly sewage overflows that created a bacterial stew. Now, the recent completion …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Sewage plant in Seattle no longer polluting after failure
Officials say the state’s largest sewage treatment plant is back in compliance with its environmental permits.
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:44 p.m.
Hobbled sewage plant in Seattle on track to resume normal operations
King County officials say the state’s largest sewage treatment plant is on track to resume normal operations by the end of this month.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 12:39 p.m.
Thousands of gallons of raw sewage seeped into Hayden Lake
Thousands of pounds of raw sewage seeped into Hayden Lake after a sewer service connection failed.
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
Emergency King County vote on Puget Sound sewage cleanup
The Metropolitan King County Council will take an emergency vote to expedite the cleanup of a flooded wastewater-treatment plant that is dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
Crews work to repair water treatment plant that dumped sewage into Puget Sound
County workers and contractors are repairing damage at a Seattle wastewater treatment plant that dumped sewage into Puget Sound.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 11:19 a.m.
Effluent still flowing into Puget Sound after plant failure
King County is still dumping raw wastewater into Puget Sound after equipment at a wastewater treatment plant in Seattle failed earlier this month.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Raw sewage flowing into Puget Sound after plant failure
King County says more than 100 million gallons of raw sewage and stormwater have flowed into Puget Sound after equipment failed at its wastewater treatment plant in Seattle.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 7:45 a.m.
750 gallons of sewage overflow reported in Portland area
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says hundreds of gallons of sewage overflowed from a manhole into a Fanno Creek tributary.
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 1:39 p.m.
Salem dumps raw sewage into Willamette River during storm
The city of Salem says it dumped nearly 20 million gallons of raw sewage into the Willamette River last week after heavy rains overwhelmed its sewer system.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 9:39 a.m.
Sewage dumping in Puget Sound could be halted under proposed regulation
A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.
Sat., March 26, 2016
Brandon Ferrante: Land swap is best for residents, environment
The Black Lake land swap would significantly benefit our area’s water quality, hunting, fishing, wildlife, biking, hiking, recreation, accessibility and conservation efforts.
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Stormwater tanks prep work turns up landfill, fire waste
There’s an old landfill on East Sprague Avenue that used to be set on fire whenever its piles grew too high. After a massive fire ravaged downtown Spokane and destroyed …
Thu., Sept. 25, 2014
Doug Clark: Potties’ pot levels shouldn’t be a city priority
I never bought that old argument about marijuana being a gateway to harder drugs. I thought it was just a scare tactic. Until now, that is.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014, 10:42 a.m.
Spokane pot use measurable by THC levels in wastewater, panel told
The most important numbers to Spokane city officials looking for accurate data about residents’ marijuana use may be one and two. “Nobody can lie about what’s showing up in the …
Thu., July 31, 2014
Spokane City Council OKs $11.3 million for waste digester
Spokane’s secondary digester for sewage waste will soon have a No. 2. The City Council approved Monday $11.3 million for the construction of a new sewage digester to serve as …
Sun., June 15, 2014
Idaho taking over water pollution permitting from feds
BOISE – Despite Idaho’s vaunted distaste for the federal government, it’s one of just four states where getting a permit for dumping pollutants into waterways requires dealing with the federal …
Sat., Dec. 28, 2013
Plans for Glover Field tank on hold
Plans to build a giant tank at Glover Field as part of a required cleanup of the Spokane River are on hold after the Spokane Tribe of Indians objected to …
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Ray Street sewer work draws concerns
As the city begins construction of combined sewage overflow tanks to keep untreated wastewater out of the Spokane River, some residents oppose how the project is being carried out and …
Sat., Sept. 7, 2013
Coeur d’Alene Tribe fights sewage disposal on reservation land
A company hauling human waste from Spokane into Idaho as fertilizer has sparked a legal fight with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Gobers Pumping and Repair, with business partner St. Isidore …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
‘Big-box stores underground’
The city of Spokane’s current strategy for reducing sewage flowing into the Spokane River centers on building huge underground tanks. Those tanks hold the storm water and sewage mixture that …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
City hopes to extend sewage outflow deadline
Spokane city leaders have promised for more than a decade to stop the flow of raw sewage into the Spokane River by 2018. But with five years left until that …
Mon., June 25, 2012, 3:24 p.m.
Columbia’s high flows helping dilute sewage spill
High flows in the Columbia River helped dilute sewage spilled into Lake Roosevelt over the weekend from a British Columbia treatment plant, local health officials said. Heavy rains overwhelmed a …
Wed., June 29, 2011
Council accepts sewage loan
Spokane will borrow more than $1 million from the state to help prevent untreated sewage from spilling into the Spokane River. The City Council on Monday agreed to accept a …
Sun., Dec. 26, 2010
Spokane’s sewage system undergoing quiet upgrade
When it rains in Spokane, it pours sewage into the Spokane River. Faced with a 2017 deadline to stop discharging millions of gallons of raw sewage annually into the Spokane …
Thu., Jan. 28, 2010
Lake cabin permit flap prompts legislation
BOISE – An Idaho lawmaker upset that regulators refuse to bend the rules for a Worley-area cabin owner with an inadequate septic system is proposing legislation that threatens to undermine …
Wed., Jan. 27, 2010, 8:45 p.m.
Septic system bill filed on behalf of Idaho cabin owner
An Idaho lawmaker upset that regulators refuse to bend the rules for a Worley-area cabin owner with an inadequate septic system is proposing legislation that threatens to undermine the Panhandle …
Tue., Nov. 3, 2009
Sewer rates may go up
Flushing your toilet in the city of Spokane may cost $5 a month more in 2010. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Monday presented her 2010 budget to the City Council. …
Sat., Sept. 12, 2009
‘Unbearable’ odor was marijuana
After several weeks, a strange odor finally became “unbearable” for a Liberty Lake apartment dweller who called the Spokane Valley Fire Department for help. Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford said …