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Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek

A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …


Spokane lawmakers, water experts plan forum Tuesday night to discuss aquifer health

After several local governments expressed interest in buying some of Spokane’s water, city lawmakers are planning on forum to address the health of the region’s aquifer and the availability of …


BNSF Railway agrees to study covers for rail cars transporting coal to reduce dust

BNSF Railway has reached a tentative settlement with Washington environmental groups over coal dust from uncovered train cars.


Enviromental groups suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads

In a case with national implications, a broad coalition of environmental groups are suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads to help prevent water pollution.


Muddy waters: Hangman Creek cleanup essential to Spokane River health

Hangman Creek’s muddy water contributes to water-quality issues in the Spokane River; new efforts are underway to clean up the creek.


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 …


Fish hatchery suspected as a source of PCBs in the Spokane River

A state-owned hatchery on the Little Spokane River uses fish food containing cancer-causing PCBs, and its wastewater should monitored as a pollution source, river advocates say.


Riverkeeper sues over Hangman Creek cleanup

A cleanup plan for Hangman Creek isn’t addressing pollution from poor agricultural practices, the Spokane Riverkeeper says.


Spokane sues Monsanto in action tied to PCBs in river

The city of Spokane has filed a lawsuit against the international agrochemical giant Monsanto, alleging that the company sold chemicals for decades that it knew were a danger to human …


Oil train safety bill signed into law

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law Thursday a measure that attempts to improve the safety of oil transportation as a sharp increase in trains carrying volatile crude oil …


Spokane Riverkeeper challenges new oil train rules

A coalition of environmental groups, including the Spokane Riverkeeper, has filed a court challenge to new federal rules aimed at preventing accidents involving trains carrying oil and other flammable fuels.


Out & About: Wild & Scenic Rivers film fest benefits Spokane Riverkeeper

OUTSCREEN – The nationally touring Wild & Scenic Film Festival is coming to Spokane this week with versions of 12 environmental films in a benefit for the Spokane Riverkeeper. The …


Spokane gains role in state oil train discussion

Spokane’s “voice will be heard” during this year’s discussion over the proposal to build a crude oil facility in Vancouver, Washington, which would greatly increase the amount of crude oil …


Spokane seeks seat at talks on proposed Vancouver oil terminal

A BNSF freight train pulling 103 cars of crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in rural Illinois last week, sending flames and jet-black smoke into the sky and …


Spokane rally supports broad scope of reviews for oil terminal projects

About 50 people attended a rally Wednesday at Riverfront Park, urging state officials to consider how shipping more crude oil through Western Washington ports would affect rail traffic and public …


Fears about oil train safety, impacts voiced at hearing

A proposal to ship North Dakota crude oil through Spokane by train drew mostly opponents at a hearing Wednesday night. About 75 people showed up for the state hearing on …


Oil terminal proposal would increase train traffic through Spokane

Last year, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota chugged across Eastern Washington en route to a Puget Sound refinery. The oil train was the first for the region, …


City of Spokane, Kendall Yards team up to clean, use stormwater

The last chance to look into a 270,000-gallon stormwater tank came and went Monday as workers slid the 50,000-pound lids onto the tank at the eastern edge of Kendall Yards. …


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 …


Preserving Spokane River is group effort

The Spokane River is a standout in the vast experience of Peter Grubb, who founded ROW Adventures 33 years ago. That’s a story in itself, considering Grubb’s been guiding rafters …


Dock decision not last word

Environmental groups breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that docks installed at the Coyote Rock development in Spokane Valley were illegal, …


State, landowners work together to clean up Little Spokane River

Gary Verbrugge is converting an old cow pasture along the Little Spokane River into a thriving wetland. Over the past three years, he and others have planted about 15,000 seedlings …


Environmental, fishing activists oppose dock plan

The mood was better than anticipated when more than two dozenkayakers, canoeists and rafters set out from Plantes Ferry Park to protest 30 private docks proposed for the Coyote Rock …


Landers: Board will hear challenge to Coyote Rock development

Every regulator with a clue seems to agree that plans to build up to 30 docks at the Coyote Rock development are a bad idea for the Spokane River. The …


City pays $300,000 to settle PCB claim

Spokane’s wastewater department will spend more than $300,000 to settle a claim alleging that dangerous chemicals were released into the Spokane River through city storm drains. Most of the money …


Landers: Valley’s new Barker Bridge erodes soil, high hopes

What do you get nowadays for a $10 million bridge plus the $1 million cost overrun? In the case of the Barker Road Bridge, the public got a new transportation …


Out & About: Youth get shot at Turnbull ducks

Youngsters have one more week to apply for a two-day youth waterfowl hunt scheduled at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this fall.


Kennedy postpones tonight’s speech

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s scheduled fundraising speech tonight at Gonzaga University was indefinitely postponed Wednesday. Spokane Riverkeeper and Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, the event sponsors, said in a news release …


Center alleges freeway project is violating Clean Water Act

The Center for Justice’s Spokane Riverkeeper project is alleging that the state Department of Transportation has violated the Clean Water Act during construction of the North Spokane freeway.