Stories tagged: Sierra Club
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 10:59 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene Tribe honored at Friday reception for ongoing work to protect Lake Coeur d’Alene
The Coeur d’Alene Tribe will be honored for its work to protect and restore Lake Coeur d’Alene during a Friday evening reception in Spokane.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 10:57 p.m.
Trump victory reverses U.S. energy and environmental priorities
Donald Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what President Barack Obama achieved on energy and the environment.
Wed., April 27, 2016, 2:12 p.m.
State affirms stream flow rules for Spokane River
The Washington Department of Ecology has affirmed its stream flow rule for the Spokane River, denying a petition for reconsideration from the American Whitewater and two environmental groups.
Thu., April 21, 2016, 5:31 a.m.
Federal fracking rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming
The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming.
Sun., April 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spokane River getting healthier, but controversy over discharge limits remains
The health of the Spokane River is improving, say Washington state officials, who are touting declines in cancer-causing PCBs as a promising trend in efforts to reduce toxic pollution in …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 5:12 p.m.
Groups petition for higher summer flows in Spokane River
State officials must do more to protect summer flows in the Spokane River, which will face increased challenges from climate change and population growth in years to come, environmental groups …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 6:45 p.m.
Future of Avista’s coal power to be discussed in Spokane Wednesday
About 9 percent of Avista Utilities’ electricity comes from a coal-burning plant in Montana. Colstrip’s future will be discussed at a Wednesday meeting in Spokane.
Tue., March 17, 2015
Judge orders state to set PCB discharge limits for Spokane River
The state of Washington’s cleanup plan for the Spokane River doesn’t adequately address cancer-causing PCBs, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein said the federal government erred …
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Spokane County wastewater plant needs new PCB permit
OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s new wastewater treatment plant will need a new permit that measures the amount of a cancer-causing chemical it’s putting into the Spokane River, a Thurston County …
Tue., July 22, 2014
Judge encourages attorneys to explore a settlement in PCBs lawsuit
SEATTLE – A federal judge should order state and federal agencies to set strict limits for the amount of a cancer-causing chemical that can go into the Spokane River because …
Fri., Jan. 3, 2014, 12:14 p.m.
Judge: environmental groups’ lawsuit over Eastern Washington coal trains can proceed
A federal judge in Eastern Washington ruled that a lawsuit filed by environmental groups against BNSF Railway over uncovered coal trains can proceed.
Thu., July 25, 2013
Groups sue BNSF, say coal trains pollute waterways
BNSF Railway Co. is polluting Washington’s waterways with releases of coal dust and chunks of coal from open-top rail cars, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. The Spokane Riverkeeper joined the …
Wed., July 24, 2013
Spokane County wastewater plant permit invalidated
Spokane County’s permit to operate its 2-year-old, $173 million wastewater plant was partially invalidated by state regulators last week. The Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board said the methodology used …
Fri., May 24, 2013
High court mulls WSU water rights
OLYMPIA – Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course needs lots of water to stay green in the dry summers – more water than some people think the university has …
Thu., May 23, 2013
Portland will not add fluoride to water
SEATTLE – Portland is the largest city in the country that doesn’t have fluoridated water, and voters have resoundingly decided it’s going to remain that way. A proposal to add …
Tue., Feb. 19, 2013
Colville tribes earn environmental award
The Sierra Club is honoring the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and a former mayor of Quincy for their work to protect the environment. The tribes are receiving a …
Wed., Feb. 13, 2013
Rally to put focus on climate change
Environmentalists from the Inland Northwest are planning a rally Sunday at Riverfront Park as part of a national call for curtailing human-caused climate change. The Forward on Climate rally and …
Mon., Feb. 11, 2013
Getting There: STA grime-fighters take on bus shelters
Now that winter is easing its grip, workers for Spokane Transit Authority are giving the system’s bus shelters a sprucing up. Grime has been building up at the shelters since …
Fri., Dec. 30, 2011
Groups appeal permit for wastewater plant
Two Spokane-based environmental organizations have filed an appeal against Spokane County’s new $173 million wastewater treatment plant in east Spokane. The local Sierra Club and the Center for Environmental Law …
Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
Group urging Spokane opposition to coal ports
The Sierra Club brings its anti-coal campaign to Spokane on Thursday, urging local residents to oppose terminals at Washington seaports that would ship coal to Asia. Coal producers are seeking …
Tue., July 19, 2011
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 …
Sun., March 6, 2011
Summer internship a dream for outdoor enthusiasts
A student summer-job position has perks sure to get an outdoor enthusiast’s attention, including $2,000 worth of top-quality outdoor gear, a $2,500 stipend and expenses-paid backcountry trips in multiple states. …
Mon., Dec. 20, 2010
Inner City Outings founder connects kids with great outdoors
“We must offer kids something if we expect them to turn off TV, have a connection to nature, and be respectful of the environment when they grow up,” Chris Bachman …
Thu., Aug. 26, 2010
Group works to balance Spokane River’s aesthetics, power generation
What qualities does a good waterfall have? An evaluation team strolled around Riverfront Park on Wednesday morning, listening to the sound of the Spokane River and rating its appearance as …
Thu., Aug. 26, 2010
Sustainable September includes series of green events
For the second year in a row Community Minded Enterprises is putting together a series of events as Sustainable September. The kickoff luncheon is on Wednesday at the Masonic Center …
Fri., Aug. 13, 2010
State maps out future for Mount Spokane
Mount Spokane State Park’s future is mapped after the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission adopted a master plan Thursday for the oldest and largest state park. The 20-year plan includes …
Wed., May 27, 2009, 12:50 p.m.
Groups challenge lynx decision
A twentyfold federal increase in land designated as critical habitat for the Canada lynx falls short partly by leaving the cat, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act, at …
Sat., Jan. 31, 2009, 9:58 p.m.
Two couples honored for activism
Two elderly couples praised as “dynamic duos” by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner grew up along lakes and rivers – and have dedicated years to protect the clear waters they cherish.
Thu., Aug. 7, 2008
Avista starts dredging river behind Monroe dam
Avista Corp. is using heavy equipment to scoop rocks and gravel from behind the Monroe Street Dam in downtown Spokane. Company officials say the work, which began Wednesday, is a …
Wed., July 9, 2008
Avista’s river-use conditions challenged
Avista Corp. should do more to protect the Spokane River in return for harnessing its water for hydropower generation, two environmental groups say. The Sierra Club and the Center for …