Stories tagged: water
Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 9:14 a.m.
County issues disaster declaration for town without water
County officials approved a disaster declaration for a western Idaho town so it can apply for emergency state funding after losing its water wells.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime
While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
Water woes bubble below the surface in Flint recall election
Karen Weaver was elected mayor of Flint two years ago arguing that her predecessor had bungled the response to the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA
Mayor David Condon told the City Council this week he has been discussing the possibility of a workaround for environmental guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals being discharged into the Spokane River …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’
This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of …
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 4:52 p.m.
U.S., Mexico reach deal to conserve Colorado River water
The United States and Mexico unveiled an agreement Wednesday to preserve the overtaxed Colorado River, including spending millions of dollars on conservation and environmental projects and drawing up plans to …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
City officials don’t know what caused water on Spokane’s South Hill to smell bad
City officials don’t know what exactly made the water dirty and smelly for some residents on Spokane’s South Hill on Tuesday evening.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
City determines cause of Tuesday’s dirty drinking water on South Hill
A water main that had been left uncharged for several weeks left some residents on the South Hill with smelly, dirty water for more than an hour on Tuesday evening.
UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:21 p.m.
Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration’s response but called for the emergency loosening of rules …
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 3:46 p.m.
Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds
The fertility rate in Flint, Michigan, dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:04 p.m.
Sen. Cantwell secures additional funds for Fairchild cleanup
A provision to the Department of Defense’s future budget could see more funds flow to local communities whose water supplies have been affected by contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base.
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Expert declares qualified end to water crisis in Flint
An expert who two years ago warned about dangerous lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water has declared a qualified end to the crisis.
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines
Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 6:40 p.m.
Idaho court ruling could force Pocatello to refund millions
The city of Pocatello could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in excess fees following a recent Idaho Supreme Court ruling.
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017
Keillor: When a red state gets the blues
If you chose to live in a tree and the branch your hammock was attached to fell down, you wouldn’t ask for a government subsidy to hang your hammock in …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 10:41 a.m.
Brewery shipping water instead of beer for Harvey relief
An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia is shipping canned drinking water to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 8:24 p.m.
Kalispel paddle the Pend Oreille in dugout canoes, embracing historic ties to the waterway
For the first time in about a century, members of the Kalispel Tribe made a 51-mile journey in a traditional-style dugout canoe from City Beach Park in Sandpoint downstream to …
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 4 p.m.
Activists protest Rio water, filthy despite Olympic promises
Environmental activists sailed across Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay on Saturday to protest pollution in the city’s waterways and broken promises to clean them up around the 2016 Olympics.
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017
Fairchild runoff could spur lawsuits
More than a few residents of the area surrounding Fairchild Air Force Base suspect their chronic health problems can be attributed to chemical runoff from the base’s firefighting operations. But …
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. …
UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 7:07 p.m.
Utility rate increase of 2.9 percent through 2020 gets hearing before Spokane City Council on Monday
The increase would cost the average Spokane household an extra $3.47 per month in service charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. It would continue an annual rate increase tied …
UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
More wells near Fairchild test positive for firefighting chemicals – north of the base
Forty more wells north of Fairchild Air Force Base have tested positive for toxic firefighting chemicals, with 21 exceeding the level that federal regulators believe is safe, base officials said …
Wed., July 26, 2017
Lawmakers need firm water-well deal
Senate Republicans have a point: The Legislature needs to solve this problem now, because it will be too easy for urban-centric lawmakers to ignore it in the future.
UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Spokane mayor proposes increase in utility rates through 2020
Spokane residents will see a 2.9 percent increase in utility rates next year, the fifth year of inflation-tied bumps
UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 11:04 p.m.
Airway Heights water contamination spurs talks for West Plains water deals
The City of Spokane is looking at ways to update its existing water agreement with Airway Heights and possibly adding Medical Lake to its list of customers. Contamination identified in …
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
Search for contaminated water expands north of Fairchild Air Force Base
The search for contaminated water has expanded north of Fairchild Air Force Base after four wells in the area showed elevated levels of toxic firefighting chemicals.
Thu., July 6, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Potato acreage down 25 percent since 2005
A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily …
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:22 p.m.
McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse bill would override court decision to keep dams
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress aimed at saving the Snake River dams in Washington state.
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
$30 million class action claims Spokane overcharged out-of-city water customers
A $30 million class-action lawsuit filed Thursday claims the city of Spokane has for years overcharged thousands of water customers who live outside city limits.
Wed., June 28, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal
The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council’s refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering …