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Millions of gallons of untreated runoff entered the Spokane River after major May rainstorm, report says

Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.

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 …

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

Sagging sewer pipes plague stormwater project in Peaceful Valley, could lead to road closures

It’s unclear to the city and the construction firm behind the work why pipes are sagging beneath the streets of the historic neighborhood, but it’s likely crews will need to …

February’s melting snow hits nearly completed $200 million stormwater tank project in Spokane

Mayor David Condon was on Capitol Hill last week pitching the city’s plan to address its problem with sewage overflows into the Spokane River by building massive stormwater reservoirs beneath …

‘Lego’ cells buried beneath West Central sidewalks as part of stormwater project

So-called “Silva Cells,” chambers of fluffy soil and air used to store stormwater, are being constructed with plastic frames beneath several intersections in the historic West Central neighborhood. They’re part …

UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Dirt stockpile changes could contribute to $400,000 overrun for Liberty Park stormwater tank

City engineers said they had a verbal agreement to store dirt removed ahead of construction of a 2-million

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

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 …

Sue Lani Madsen: Stormwater not just a Houston problem

The sensational headlines started before the rain stopped, blaming Houston’s disastrous flooding on its lack of a zoning code.

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council

The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …

Bloomsday post-race festivities and shirt pick-up will be along Main Avenue this year

Spokane Falls Boulevard has been dug up to install a 2.2-million gallon stormwater tank downtown, and the construction of an ice ribbon has closed portions of Riverfront Park. But Bloomsday …

Waldref/Mumm: It’s March Madness for river cleanup funds

One of the longest and snowiest winters in recent memory is about to melt away. The river is already filling with spring runoff, giving a trial run for Spokane’s largest …

UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

City rerouting Spokane Falls traffic onto Lincoln Street for two-year stormwater development project

Lincoln Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Main Avenue has been temporarily closed as the city readies it for a two-year detour route during construction of a new stormwater collection …

Melting snow will stress Spokane’s in-progress stormwater system

With rain and temperatures in the 40s forecasted next week, the amount of melting snow will likely cause sewer overflows into the Spokane River. But the city is pushing forward …

State Supreme Court upholds Washington stormwater rules

A state Supreme Court decision has upheld stricter stormwater rules for building projects.

Stormwater tanks, green spaces and traffic blockages headed downtown in 2017

City workers will begin installing two massive subterranean tanks to retain stormwater beginning early next year in downtown, part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Spokane River. The work …

Scientist studying mushrooms’ ability to protect Spokane River from PCBs

A research project funded by the city of Spokane is looking at whether mushrooms could help clean up PCBs from stormwater before it gets into the Spokane River.

Avista plans stormwater swale

Avista Corp. is working on plans to install a new landscaped drainage and infiltration basin on its campus along Upriver Drive and the Centennial Trail.

Editorial: Cheap oil slowing stormwater cleanup

Revenues from hazardous substance tax off $68 million, and counting.

Two-year stormwater tank project will extend Riverfront Park, close road

The good news is an artful, landscaped and multilevel plaza will extend Spokane’s Riverfront Park to the Monroe Street Bridge, the Spokane River will be much cleaner and the 3-mile …

City of Spokane planning big new stormwater tank project

Spokane Mayor David Condon unveiled plans for city’s largest stormwater tank project on Monday, a 2-million gallon tank to be built to the west of City Hall and just north …

Plenty of options to improve drainage in yard

Use landscaping, pipes to divert stormwater around home.

Reclaimed dump site to become Pride Prep sports field

The site of an old, forgotten landfill will soon be a school’s sports field, but only after the city of Spokane finishes burying and covering a 260,000-gallon stormwater tank . …

Stormwater tanks present landscaping challenge for city

The dirt above two big 250,000-gallon stormwater tanks along Spokane’s South Riverton Avenue is just that. Dirt.

City plans tree giveaway to cut water pollution

A fir tree can absorb almost 300 gallons of water per year. An ash tree takes care of about 100 gallons. Dogwoods only take in about 26 gallons. For the …

Spokane wins EPA grant for Hillyard brownfields cleanup

The city of Spokane recently won a $200,000 federal environmental grant as part of its plan to clean up and redevelop contaminated industrial sites in the Hillyard area. The grant …

Trail proposed for Southgate area

As engineers for the city of Spokane get ready to rebuild Havana Street south of 37th Avenue in 2015, they are also proposing a new paved pathway on an undeveloped …

Editorial: Feds, state should give city credit for being ahead of its time on stormwater

The city of Spokane has developed a comprehensive, innovative plan for removing more pollution from the Spokane River that needs more than lip support from state and federal officials. The …

With 10 years of road fixes nearly done, city taking new tack

A $117 million program to fix the worst of Spokane’s city streets will come to an end this year, 10 years after voters agreed to a property tax increase to …

Getting There: Country Homes causeway will be replaced with swale

An asphalt causeway in the middle of Country Homes Boulevard north of Five Mile Road is going to be removed and replaced in a major construction project next year. For …

Shadle-area stormwater gardens will filter runoff

The city is contracting with the Lands Council on a pilot stormwater management project in the Shadle area. “We are pretty excited about this,” said Mike Peterson, executive director of …