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Former wastewater director: Spokane’s nearly $200 million sewer overflow tanks not big enough

Dale Arnold, who served as the wastewater director under Mayor Mary Verner and supported a more expensive plan to reduce pollutants in the Spokane River, said the new regime at …


A furniture maker whose pieces tell a sustainable story

Will Phillips checks the humble box. He had been a rising star at Under Armour when he opted to take a 90 percent pay cut to run Sandtown Furniture Co. …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Amazon employees cite ‘moral responsibility’ in speaking out on climate, despite risk of losing their jobs

More than 350 Amazon employees defied a company ban on unapproved external communications to call out what they see as the retail and technology giant’s still-inadequate approach to the climate …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Trump rolls back waterway protections as benefit to developers, farmers and others

The Trump administration is ending federal protection for many of the nation’s millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands


2019: The year outdoors

Another year spent outside, or at least longing to be out there. From the good to the bad to the weird (hot takes on the salmon cannon, anyone?) The Spokesman-Review’s …


2019: Transitions and passings

The biggest and saddest outdoor story from 2019 was the death of Spokane climber Jess Roskelley.


2019: Outdoor achievements

From acts of endurance to committed volunteering, Spokane area recreationists, conservationists and adventures inspired in 2019.


2019: Top outdoor stories

The most-read outdoor stories of 2019 presented chronologically:


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation ‘home run’

A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast.


San Francisco cafes are banishing disposable coffee cups

A new cafe culture is brewing in San Francisco, where a growing number of coffee houses are banishing paper to-go cups and replacing them with everything from glass jars to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Documents: Idaho mining company writing own environmental report

Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Vote on divisive Wolf Lodge Bay project delayed after packed meeting

A decision on a divisive commercial project on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Wolf Lodge Bay will have to wait until January, after some 170 people attended a Wednesday night meeting on …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Commissioners reject zoning change that would pave way for Newport silicon smelter

The Pend Oreille County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to shoot down the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, which would redesignate some 65% of land in the county from “public land” to …


Scientists use speakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy, and fish flock to them

The desperate search for ways to help the world’s coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions.


Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation

The 64-year-old activist seeks justice and community engagement at Superfund meetings, tribal gatherings and even from her chemotherapy chair.


Washington falls slightly in State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings

While Gov. Jay Inslee’s emphasis on combating climate change has helped the state land at the No. 10 spot on the list last year, the ranking represented a slight fall …


Big Tech’s eco-pledges aren’t slowing its pursuit of Big Oil

Amazon, Microsoft and Google have made ambitious pledges to cut back on their carbon emissions, but they’re not severing their growing business ties to the oil and gas industry.


Faith and Values: Be an aware, active advocate of creation

Everywhere we look, from majestic mountains or sunsets to the tiniest stamen in a flower, we need to be increasingly aware of how our world is nourished by every living …


Feds again seek comment on North Cascades grizzly bear plans

Contentious proposals to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state are once again open for public comment.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Marriott banning little shampoo bottles by 2020

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020.


‘We’re making big strides’: Spokane Indians work to eliminate waste at Avista Stadium

Behind the right-field stands at Avista Stadium, in an area called Compost Corner, members of the Spokane Indians “green team” sifted through bags of compostable items, looking for what didn’t …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Judge blocks killing of wolf pack’s last surviving member in NE Washington

On Friday, a judge temporarily blocked the killing of the sole surviving member of the Old Profanity Territory wolf pack.


More than a viral sensation, the Salmon Cannon could bring the species back to the Upper Columbia after 90 years

The Salmon Cannon, born in the apple fields of Eastern Washington, is a key component of the Colville Confederated Tribes’ plans to reintroduce salmon to the Upper Columbia River and, …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

Group proposes enclosure for orcas in San Juan Islands

An environmental nonprofit group is hosting a series of public meetings in western Washington to discuss the possibility of creating an enclosure in Washington’s San Juan Islands for orcas retired …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Trump promotes environmental record despite rollbacks

President Donald Trump is promoting what he is calling his administration’s “environmental leadership” despite its sweeping rollbacks of landmark environmental and public health protections. Critics are calling it a credulity-straining …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to …


Industrial to incredible: Expo ’74 spurred beauty of Spokane River

Bill Youngs wrote a comprehensive book about the Spokane River and Expo ’74, “The Fair and the Falls,” and contends the drama and beauty of the falls cutting through downtown …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Environment groups sue dairy farms over animal waste

Three environmental groups have sued two dairy farms in Washington state, claiming they have polluted and mishandled animal waste.


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019

Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

The residents of this 500-person town have nothing but bitter warnings for similarly situated communities now that President Donald Trump’s EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to …


Plague of frogs: Five Mile property owners say stormwater pond is ruining their neighborhood

City documents indicate a local homeowners association is responsible for keeping up the single-acre stormwater feature behind Lori and Bill Moore’s home on Panorama Drive. But enforcement is lagging, and …