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Stories tagged: Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer


  • UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 11, 2015, 5:49 p.m.

    Drought is conspicuous for those outside the aquifer

    More rural residents are hauling water because of the drought. Because of the growth in demand, Whitworth Water District No. 2 has received a state grant to relocate a water …


  • New website shows options for disposing hazardous waste

    Got a few worn-out tires in your garage? An old television set you aren’t using? A box of spent compact fluorescent light bulbs? A new website provides links to Spokane-area …


  • Proposed Liberty Lake heating wells prompt contamination concerns

    A proposal to sink hundreds of heat exchange wells for a mixed-use development in Liberty Lake poses a significant risk for groundwater contamination, the community’s water provider says. Liberty Lake …


  • Liquid asset: Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie aquifer

    On a corner lot in the center of Spokane Valley, Rupert Butler tends to his large lawn below one of Modern Electric Water Co.’s conspicuous water towers. His grass is …


  • Proposed development on Bonner County timberland may get conservation easement instead

    A few years ago, Bonner County’s largest contiguous tract of private forestland appeared headed for development. Clagstone Meadows – 13,000 acres of timber, lakes and wetlands – had an approved …


  • State examining BNSF property

    BNSF Railway Co. and Marathon Oil Co. may have to do some cleanup in Hillyard if an investigation prompted by the Washington state Department of Ecology shows petroleum-related contamination. The …


  • Rail yard cleanup option proposed

    One of Spokane’s oldest continuously operating industrial sites is slated for a $1.7 million cleanup aimed at keeping decades of fuel spills from reaching the aquifer. BNSF Railway Co.’s rail …


  • Aquifer recharge possible, but costly

    Water from Lake Pend Oreille could be used to recharge the region’s drinking water supply, but it’s a costly option, a new study concludes. The study looked at capturing spring …


  • BNSF resists more aquifer funding

    Each year, BNSF Railway Co. pays about $100,000 for programs that protect the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. The money is funneled through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, where it …


  • BNSF suing Kootenai County over new regulations

    BNSF Railway Co. is suing Kootenai County over new regulations proposed for the railroad’s Hauser diesel refueling depot. The railroad – which refuels an average of 30 trains at the …


  • Study of aquifer looks at the future

    When scientists undertake a $3 million study of the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, they’ll examine how climate change could affect the drinking water supply for more than 500,000 residents. “It’s …