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UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

Spokane River’s story one of geology, settlement

Timeline from the “The Spokane River Story” in The Spokesman-Review in 1991.

UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018

New rule bans vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound

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

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

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

City moving forward with final three projects to stop raw sewage from flowing into Spokane River

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

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 …

King County must pay fine, make changes for sewage spill

King County must pay $361,000 in fines and make major changes following a massive sewage spill at its Seattle plant in February.

Mushrooms could help breakdown PCBs, according to research funded by Spokane’s wastewater system

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

Ick-free and ready for a dip: Portland touts revived river

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 …

Sewage plant in Seattle no longer polluting after failure

Officials say the state’s largest sewage treatment plant is back in compliance with its environmental permits.

UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017

Hobbled sewage plant in Seattle on track to resume normal operations

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 gallons of raw sewage seeped into Hayden Lake

Thousands of pounds of raw sewage seeped into Hayden Lake after a sewer service connection failed.

UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound

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 …

Emergency King County vote on Puget Sound sewage cleanup

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.

Crews work to repair water treatment plant that dumped sewage into Puget Sound

County workers and contractors are repairing damage at a Seattle wastewater treatment plant that dumped sewage into Puget Sound.

Effluent still flowing into Puget Sound after plant failure

King County is still dumping raw wastewater into Puget Sound after equipment at a wastewater treatment plant in Seattle failed earlier this month.

Raw sewage flowing into Puget Sound after plant failure

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.

750 gallons of sewage overflow reported in Portland area

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says hundreds of gallons of sewage overflowed from a manhole into a Fanno Creek tributary.

Salem dumps raw sewage into Willamette River during storm

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.

Sewage dumping in Puget Sound could be halted under proposed regulation

A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.

Brandon Ferrante: Land swap is best for residents, environment

The Black Lake land swap would significantly benefit our area’s water quality, hunting, fishing, wildlife, biking, hiking, recreation, accessibility and conservation efforts.

Stormwater tanks prep work turns up landfill, fire waste

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 …

Doug Clark: Potties’ pot levels shouldn’t be a city priority

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

Spokane pot use measurable by THC levels in wastewater, panel told

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 …

Spokane City Council OKs $11.3 million for waste digester

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 …

Idaho taking over water pollution permitting from feds

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 …

Plans for Glover Field tank on hold

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 …

Ray Street sewer work draws concerns

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 …

Coeur d’Alene Tribe fights sewage disposal on reservation land

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 …

‘Big-box stores underground’

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 …

City hopes to extend sewage outflow deadline

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 …