Stories tagged: sewage
UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019
Timeline from the “The Spokane River Story” in The Spokesman-Review in 1991.
UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018
Recreational and commercial vessels will not be able to release treated or untreated sewage into Puget Sound waters under new rules approved by the state aimed at improving water quality.
UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018
A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017
Two traditional stormwater tanks and one “matrix” of underground filtration chambers are currently being bid on by area constructions firms. The city hopes to award contracts by the end of …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017
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 …
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017
King County must pay $361,000 in fines and make major changes following a massive sewage spill at its Seattle plant in February.
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
A city-funded study to see whether fungi can break down persistent industrial pollutants before they enter the Spokane River has come back with a resounding “maybe.”
UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017
For decades, Portland residents have been repulsed by the idea of swimming in the Willamette River because of weekly sewage overflows that created a bacterial stew. Now, the recent completion …
Fri., May 12, 2017
Officials say the state’s largest sewage treatment plant is back in compliance with its environmental permits.
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017
King County officials say the state’s largest sewage treatment plant is on track to resume normal operations by the end of this month.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017
Thousands of pounds of raw sewage seeped into Hayden Lake after a sewer service connection failed.
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017
The Metropolitan King County Council will take an emergency vote to expedite the cleanup of a flooded wastewater-treatment plant that is dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound.
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017
County workers and contractors are repairing damage at a Seattle wastewater treatment plant that dumped sewage into Puget Sound.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017
King County is still dumping raw wastewater into Puget Sound after equipment at a wastewater treatment plant in Seattle failed earlier this month.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017
King County says more than 100 million gallons of raw sewage and stormwater have flowed into Puget Sound after equipment failed at its wastewater treatment plant in Seattle.
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says hundreds of gallons of sewage overflowed from a manhole into a Fanno Creek tributary.
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016
The city of Salem says it dumped nearly 20 million gallons of raw sewage into the Willamette River last week after heavy rains overwhelmed its sewer system.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016
A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.
Sat., March 26, 2016
The Black Lake land swap would significantly benefit our area’s water quality, hunting, fishing, wildlife, biking, hiking, recreation, accessibility and conservation efforts.
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
There’s an old landfill on East Sprague Avenue that used to be set on fire whenever its piles grew too high. After a massive fire ravaged downtown Spokane and destroyed …
Thu., Sept. 25, 2014
I never bought that old argument about marijuana being a gateway to harder drugs. I thought it was just a scare tactic. Until now, that is.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 24, 2014
The most important numbers to Spokane city officials looking for accurate data about residents’ marijuana use may be one and two. “Nobody can lie about what’s showing up in the …
Thu., July 31, 2014
Spokane’s secondary digester for sewage waste will soon have a No. 2. The City Council approved Monday $11.3 million for the construction of a new sewage digester to serve as …
Sun., June 15, 2014
BOISE – Despite Idaho’s vaunted distaste for the federal government, it’s one of just four states where getting a permit for dumping pollutants into waterways requires dealing with the federal …
Sat., Dec. 28, 2013
Plans to build a giant tank at Glover Field as part of a required cleanup of the Spokane River are on hold after the Spokane Tribe of Indians objected to …
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
As the city begins construction of combined sewage overflow tanks to keep untreated wastewater out of the Spokane River, some residents oppose how the project is being carried out and …
Sat., Sept. 7, 2013
A company hauling human waste from Spokane into Idaho as fertilizer has sparked a legal fight with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Gobers Pumping and Repair, with business partner St. Isidore …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
The city of Spokane’s current strategy for reducing sewage flowing into the Spokane River centers on building huge underground tanks. Those tanks hold the storm water and sewage mixture that …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
Spokane city leaders have promised for more than a decade to stop the flow of raw sewage into the Spokane River by 2018. But with five years left until that …