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UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

Midwest rains projected to create Gulf dead zone

As rain deluged the Midwest this spring, commercial fisherman Ryan Bradley knew it was only a matter of time before the disaster reached him. All that water falling on all …


Tom Agnew: More reasons to love the Inland Northwest

In our lifetime, the Spokane River and the Rathdrum Prairie/Spokane Valley aquifer have never been cleaner, and they are becoming cleaner still.


Crews plant native shrubs at Fernan Lake to battle algae problems

Native shrubs will become the front line for keeping phosphorous out of Fernan Lake. The erosion control project aims to improve water quality in the lake east of Coeur d’Alene, …


New technology will pull more pollution from Spokane’s sewage

One of the biggest public works project in Spokane’s history will begin this year, with the construction of a $126 million addition to the city’s sewage plant. The next level …


Long Lake pollution study worries Suncrest residents

Andy Gendaszek dove into the shallow water along Long Lake’s shoreline earlier this week, targeting dark, weedy areas downstream from housing developments. When he emerged, the U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist …


Smart Bombs: Great Lakes crisis is eerie

Remember the dish-washing nightmare, when phosphate-infused detergents were banned by the Nanny State? Darn that nanny, making us scrub a little harder before placing plates in the dishwasher. Maybe you’re …


State panel orders shoreline rules tightened in Spokane County

Spokane County is doing too little to protect lakes and rivers from human septic waste, a state panel charges. The Washington Growth Management Hearings Board is ordering the county and …


Draft wastewater permits released for Idaho cities

Idaho cities will be required to cut the amount of phosphorus they discharge into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality, …


State won’t fund phosphorus research in Spokane River

The Washington Department of Ecology has opted not to pay for additional research by a University of Washington professor whose earlier work suggested that not all of the phosphorus discharged …


Sewage plant set to open this week

Spokane County officials expect to get a state permit today to operate their new sewage treatment plant – and to celebrate on Thursday. There may be some crossed fingers when …


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 …


Floating wetlands clear inspiration

Rafts made out of plastic membranes, sprouting cattails and other nutrient-loving plants could help solve Hayden Lake’s water-quality problems by soaking up excess phosphorus. Karen Hayes can picture a flotilla …


Paper mill, state close to reaching pollution plan

OLYMPIA – After seven years of sometimes contentious negotiations, the state and Inland Empire Paper Co. in Spokane Valley may be a month away from reaching an agreement on a …


New bill restricts fertilizers for lawns

OLYMPIA – The Legislature on Friday approved a ban on lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus. On a 56-37 vote, the House of Representatives sent the governor a bill that restricts …


Spin Control: It’s time to serve up that great idea of yours

OLYMPIA – Two questions for the big thinkers out there: Do you have an idea how to improve Washington state in the future? Do you think it would stack up …


Phosophorus lawn fertilizer ban passes Senate

OLYMPIA — The Senate approved a ban on phosphorus in lawn fertilizers, but with changes that will send the bill back to the House for another vote.


House approves bill to limit use of lawn fertilizers containing phosporus

OLYMPIA – Washington homeowners would be restricted from putting fertilizer with phosphorus on healthy lawns under a bill that passed the House Monday. Despite complaints from Republicans that homeowners should …


Spokane’s sewage system undergoing quiet upgrade

When it rains in Spokane, it pours sewage into the Spokane River. Faced with a 2017 deadline to stop discharging millions of gallons of raw sewage annually into the Spokane …


Phosphorus removal methods targeting types that spur algae

Not all of the phosphorus discharged into the Spokane River contributes to oxygen-robbing algae blooms in the reservoir behind Long Lake Dam, according to a new study from the University …


Spokane River plan moving ahead

Ted Sturdevant, director of the Washington Department of Ecology, said Wednesday that he stands behind his agency’s ambitious plan to reduce phosphorus flowing in the Spokane River. Parts of the …


Ecology head stands by river plan

Ted Sturdevant, director of the Washington Department of Ecology, said Wednesday that he stands behind his agency’s ambitious plan to reduce phosphorus flowing in the Spokane River.


Idaho cities say river plan poses risk to their growth

A plan to reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the Spokane River would strangle growth in Kootenai County, Idaho municipalities said Monday. During a five-hour dispute resolution hearing, the …


Ecology regional director talks about river cleanup

Most people are “fascinated with water, especially moving water,” says Grant Pfeifer, the Washington Department of Ecology’s eastern regional director. That’s particularly true in the Inland Northwest, which has such …


County braces for appeals to river water quality plan

A new plan for reducing algae-feeding pollution in the Spokane River is a mixed blessing for Spokane County’s $167 million sewage treatment project. The plan should enable the county to …


Saving lakes important work

If you want to be a stickler for journalistic ethics, I shouldn’t even be writing about the Great Lakes, because I have a huge bias – especially when it comes …


State phosphorus restrictions could spread to lawn fertilizer

OLYMPIA – Washington, which already has restrictions on laundry and dishwasher detergents, could ban phosphorus in lawn fertilizers. A bill before the state Senate would require low- or no-phosphorus fertilizers …


Is lawn fertilizer next for phosphorus ban?

Washington, which already has restrictions on laundry and dishwasher detergents, could ban phosphorus in lawn fertilizers.


Filters show promise in river cleanup

Each day, cities along the Spokane River dump millions of gallons of phosphorus-rich wastewater into its waters. As the state of Washington embarks on an ambitious plan to reduce the …


Sewer rates may go up

Flushing your toilet in the city of Spokane may cost $5 a month more in 2010. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Monday presented her 2010 budget to the City Council. …


State releases clean river plan

The Washington Department of Ecology unveiled a plan Tuesday to curtail algae-producing phosphorus in the Spokane River and improve dissolved oxygen levels for fish. Under the plan, which needs state …