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Sunday, September 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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EPA, Ecology delay permits

New permits to reduce the flow of phosphorus into the Spokane River are still at least a year away, federal officials reiterated Thursday. “We are mindful of the urgency factor,” …


Plant bid choice disputed

New questions are emerging over Spokane County’s desire to build a $142 million sewage treatment plant that would remove less pollution but cost about the same to operate as another …


Discharge rules still unclear for new facility

Spokane County is on the verge of signing what’s believed to be its biggest contract ever to build a wastewater treatment plant, even though no one knows yet whether environmental …


Our View: Public should speak up on facility contract

The draft service contract for a proposed Regional Water Reclamation Facility is 219 pages long. The contract, if approved, will be between Spokane County and CH2M HILL, the company the …


Spokane Valley faces rough treatment

Spokane Valley residents may pay dearly for a federal mistake and stringent Washington water quality standards, city officials were told Tuesday. An economy-wrenching moratorium on new construction is a possibility, …


Our View: EPA error shouldn’t deter work for a cleaner river

The Environmental Protection Agency is sorry. Sorry it didn’t approach the cleanup of the Spokane River in a regional way from the very start of the TMDL process. TMDL (for …


Phosphorus permits a year off

Crafting a new plan to limit phosphorus discharges into the Spokane River will take at least another year, state and federal officials announced Friday. Phosphorus is harmful to the river’s …


Miscalculation by EPA will set back river cleanup

A multiyear effort to lower phosphorus levels in the Spokane River – and reduce algae blooms and improve water quality in the reservoir behind Long Lake Dam – has hit …


Pollution pipeline

LIBERTY LAKE – Arianne Fernandez donned elbow-length rubber gloves, a plastic apron and a splash-protection face mask before lowering a collection jar into a manhole. The cloudy water she brought …


White-water park in the works

Members of the public will get their chance to comment on a proposal to build a white-water park in and along the Spokane River west of downtown during a community …


Spokane River supports crawdads, but other species lost to pollution

Here’s how to catch a crawdad. Lean over the water so your shadow falls across it, cutting the glare from the sun. Look for flashes of orange.


Reflections at the end of the ride

A raucous crow woke me on the last day of our paddling trip. I rolled out of my sleeping bag and looked at my watch. It was 5:30, which gave …


Hatchery program replenishing stocks

A feast of grilled salmon is an exceptional way to end a day spent kayaking on the Spokane River. For the Spokane Tribe of Indians, it’s also a link to …


Water quality remains issue on Spokane River

Getting tangled in water lilies is a hazard of kayaking at Long Lake. The reservoir’s upper end sports a luxuriant growth, and as I paddled I periodically flung tendrils of …


Blue ribbon provider of energy also offers fresh view of downtown Spokane

Mike Aho refers to the stretch of the Spokane River below Upriver Dam as “urban wilderness.” Thick screens of willows and cottonwoods shield paddlers from views of rendering plants, railroad …


Fish from river carry toxic risk

Armed with a clipboard and “How to Skin a Fish” handouts, Sean Hackett approached a woman and her baby daughter as they played on a sandy beach at Peoples Park. …


White water in the heart of Spokane

‘Listen,” said our rafting guide, “that’s the Devil’s Toenail.” The rapids were still out of sight, around a bend in the Spokane River. But we could hear the chaotic crash …


Afloat over – and in – the aquifer

About 10,000 years ago, the Missoula Floods laid the bedrock for the region’s water supply. An ice sheet crept across the Idaho Panhandle, damming the Clark Fork River and creating …


Spokane River paddlers note thick development, landscaping practices

Ross Walkinshaw feels fortunate that his view hasn’t changed since 1947, when his parents bought 80 acres on the south side of the Spokane River. From his boat dock, Walkinshaw …


Spokane River reflecting a new image

Don’t go down to the river. Generations of local kids heard that warning. Parents didn’t want their children playing on the Spokane River’s polluted banks. Chris Donley’s dad was one …


Avista’s river-use conditions challenged

Avista Corp. should do more to protect the Spokane River in return for harnessing its water for hydropower generation, two environmental groups say. The Sierra Club and the Center for …


Avista must maintain flow of at least 300 cfs during summer

Water will cascade more lavishly over the Spokane River’s waterfalls in years to come. Even during dry years, at least 300 cubic feet of water a second will flow over …


Everybody’s paddling for the weekend

This weekend is prime time in the Spokane area for cheap thrills in kayaks and canoes. Saturday may be the day to float the idea of getting the family into …


High waters dampen weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff to boating season, but high water and debris from a fast snowmelt will keep boaters on Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane and …


Editorial: Compliance, please

Don’t worry, the soap police will not appear at your door July 1. That’s the date Spokane County will become the first and only Washington county to require ultra-low phosphate …


Mills gone, concerns are piling up

As the last sawmill on the Spokane River prepares to close, discussion is under way on how to remove the pilings no longer needed to corral and guide the logs …


Lawmakers curtail phosphate ban

State legislators want Spokane to go it alone this year in enforcing groundbreaking limits on phosphates in dish detergent. The state Senate this week approved a House bill that eliminates …


Bill would delay phosphate ban in two counties

With just four months until strict limits on phosphates in dishwasher detergents take effect in three Washington counties, legislation is on the move in Olympia that some fear could delay …


Discharge permits on hold

Five years past due, it will be at least six more months before pollution discharge permits will be issued for cities and businesses on the Spokane River because of objections …


River cleanup plan has many players

Phosphorus not only helps turn lawns green, it’s also responsible for turning portions of Long Lake into a pea-green soup of algae. A massive cleanup is being launched to restore …