Stories tagged: stormwater
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.
Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council
The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …
Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:48 p.m.
Bloomsday post-race festivities and shirt pick-up will be along Main Avenue this year
Spokane Falls Boulevard has been dug up to install a 2.2-million gallon stormwater tank downtown, and the construction of an ice ribbon has closed portions of Riverfront Park. But Bloomsday …
Sun., March 19, 2017
Waldref/Mumm: It’s March Madness for river cleanup funds
One of the longest and snowiest winters in recent memory is about to melt away. The river is already filling with spring runoff, giving a trial run for Spokane’s largest …
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
City rerouting Spokane Falls traffic onto Lincoln Street for two-year stormwater development project
Lincoln Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Main Avenue has been temporarily closed as the city readies it for a two-year detour route during construction of a new stormwater collection …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 5:47 a.m.
Melting snow will stress Spokane’s in-progress stormwater system
With rain and temperatures in the 40s forecasted next week, the amount of melting snow will likely cause sewer overflows into the Spokane River. But the city is pushing forward …
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
State Supreme Court upholds Washington stormwater rules
A state Supreme Court decision has upheld stricter stormwater rules for building projects.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Stormwater tanks, green spaces and traffic blockages headed downtown in 2017
City workers will begin installing two massive subterranean tanks to retain stormwater beginning early next year in downtown, part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Spokane River. The work …
Sun., Oct. 9, 2016, 6:31 a.m.
Scientist studying mushrooms’ ability to protect Spokane River from PCBs
A research project funded by the city of Spokane is looking at whether mushrooms could help clean up PCBs from stormwater before it gets into the Spokane River.
Wed., March 16, 2016
Avista plans stormwater swale
Avista Corp. is working on plans to install a new landscaped drainage and infiltration basin on its campus along Upriver Drive and the Centennial Trail.
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016
Editorial: Cheap oil slowing stormwater cleanup
Revenues from hazardous substance tax off $68 million, and counting.
Sun., Feb. 7, 2016, 5 a.m.
Two-year stormwater tank project will extend Riverfront Park, close road
The good news is an artful, landscaped and multilevel plaza will extend Spokane’s Riverfront Park to the Monroe Street Bridge, the Spokane River will be much cleaner and the 3-mile …
Mon., Feb. 1, 2016, 5 p.m.
City of Spokane planning big new stormwater tank project
Spokane Mayor David Condon unveiled plans for city’s largest stormwater tank project on Monday, a 2-million gallon tank to be built to the west of City Hall and just north …
Sun., Dec. 27, 2015
Plenty of options to improve drainage in yard
Use landscaping, pipes to divert stormwater around home.
Fri., Sept. 11, 2015
Reclaimed dump site to become Pride Prep sports field
The site of an old, forgotten landfill will soon be a school’s sports field, but only after the city of Spokane finishes burying and covering a 260,000-gallon stormwater tank . …
Wed., July 22, 2015
Stormwater tanks present landscaping challenge for city
The dirt above two big 250,000-gallon stormwater tanks along Spokane’s South Riverton Avenue is just that. Dirt.
Thu., April 16, 2015
City plans tree giveaway to cut water pollution
A fir tree can absorb almost 300 gallons of water per year. An ash tree takes care of about 100 gallons. Dogwoods only take in about 26 gallons. For the …
Thu., March 26, 2015
Spokane wins EPA grant for Hillyard brownfields cleanup
The city of Spokane recently won a $200,000 federal environmental grant as part of its plan to clean up and redevelop contaminated industrial sites in the Hillyard area. The grant …
Thu., Nov. 20, 2014
Trail proposed for Southgate area
As engineers for the city of Spokane get ready to rebuild Havana Street south of 37th Avenue in 2015, they are also proposing a new paved pathway on an undeveloped …
Wed., May 7, 2014
Editorial: Feds, state should give city credit for being ahead of its time on stormwater
The city of Spokane has developed a comprehensive, innovative plan for removing more pollution from the Spokane River that needs more than lip support from state and federal officials. The …
Mon., Jan. 27, 2014
With 10 years of road fixes nearly done, city taking new tack
A $117 million program to fix the worst of Spokane’s city streets will come to an end this year, 10 years after voters agreed to a property tax increase to …
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Getting There: Country Homes causeway will be replaced with swale
An asphalt causeway in the middle of Country Homes Boulevard north of Five Mile Road is going to be removed and replaced in a major construction project next year. For …
Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Shadle-area stormwater gardens will filter runoff
The city is contracting with the Lands Council on a pilot stormwater management project in the Shadle area. “We are pretty excited about this,” said Mike Peterson, executive director of …
Tue., Aug. 13, 2013
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. …
Wed., Aug. 7, 2013
Vestal: Can we get a park with that?
We have talked about a “great gorge park” in Spokane for a hundred years, and sometimes it feels like a million. But we may be on the cusp of a …
Sat., July 6, 2013
Spokane Valley considers trash options
Spokane Valley officials are looking at options for solid waste disposal before the city’s contract with Spokane expires in November 2014. Among the options: hauling trash by truck or train, …
Thu., June 13, 2013, 3:44 p.m.
Monroe Street Bridge will reopen for Friday commute
The bridge has been closed to foot and car traffic since June 3 as road crews installed drains and piping for a stormwater retention project.
Thu., May 30, 2013
Monroe Street Bridge closure worries businesses
Thousands of motorists, and the businesses vying for their attention, may find themselves cursing Monday when the Monroe Street Bridge shuts down for three weeks. “I’m a little peeved,” said …
Sat., April 27, 2013
Stormwater project explained
A small but enthusiastic group of residents turned out Wednesday to hear details about a planned stormwater improvement project on 14th Avenue between Carnahan Road and Custer Street. The terrain …
Sun., April 21, 2013
Volunteers spruce up city’s storm gardens
It was Mike Dunnell’s day off on Saturday, so naturally he spent it cleaning debris out of the swales along South Lincoln Street with four other employees of Kohl’s department …
Sat., Feb. 16, 2013
Valleyview runoff plan considered
Valleyview residents may see some relief from persistent flooding issues if a proposed stormwater project goes through this summer. The city of Spokane Valley held a meeting Wednesday to discuss …