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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.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …

EPA to Idaho town: Upgrade wastewater facility or face fines

The city of Heyburn is under a consent order by the Environmental Protection Agency to bring its wastewater treatment plant into compliance or face fines that could ruin the city.

Nampa meets with EPA administrator in hopes of reducing wastewater upgrade costs

After getting voter approval for a $165 million wastewater bond, Nampa city leadership has started talks with regulators on ways to keep upgrade costs down.

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: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017

Idaho asks federal agency to run oil injection well program

Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state’s oil and natural gas industry to dispose of wastewater.

EPA sets hearing on Idaho’s plan to handle wastewater

The Environmental Protection Agency will visit Lewiston on Thursday to collect public comments on Idaho’s application to write and administer wastewater discharge permits in the state. Idaho is one of …

UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

Company uses wastewater and algae for biofuel, fertilizer

Clearas Water Recovery, a Missoula tech company, has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from being inundated …

Idaho conservation group files complaint over waste pit at cheese plant

An Idaho conservation group has filed a complaint to several state agencies asking officials to inspect a wastewater pit used by a Nampa cheese-making plant.

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 …

Coeur d’Alene wastewater superintendent to retire

Coeur d’Alene’s longtime wastewater superintendent, Sid Fredrickson, is retiring after 30 years with the city.

Oklahoma, EPA shutter 32 wells in new earthquake-prone area

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller aftershocks in Oklahoma led to the discovery of a new fault line and stoked fears among some scientists about activity along other …

Dakota oilfield wastewater spills release toxins, scientists say

Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday.

Wastewater practices earn notice

Three Spokane businesses have been recognized for good stewardship by pretreating wastewater before sending into pipes to the city sewer plant.

Health officials to study impact of wastewater on shellfish

The Washington Department of Health plans to study the impact wastewater has on shellfish in Grays Harbor.

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 . …

Sewer lines of contention

Sacheen Lake is a popular fishing and vacation spot in the summer. But longtime resident Perry Pearman says its beauty shines brightest in the quiet winter months. “It ices over, …

Spokane begins its construction ‘busy season’

Before you get angry that a section of Northwest Boulevard will be closed for an entire year, count to 10. Actually, count to 43, because that’s how many city of …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

Airway Heights to stop using Parkwest well

Airway Heights has agreed to stop using a well that has deprived residents outside the city of water they’re entitled to pump. An “agreed order” with the state Department of …

Garbage, sewer bills to rise in ’11 in Spokane

Homeowners connected to Spokane’s sewer system will pay 17 percent more for service in 2011. The Spokane City Council voted 4-3 on Monday in favor of the new rate.

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. …

Phosphate detergent ban seems to be working

The storyline of the near-ban on phosphorus in dish detergent in Spokane County has focused on scofflaws sneaking Cascade across the state line in a dogged attempt to keep their …

Bill takes on Pinecroft again

OLYMPIA – It doesn’t look like a battleground, but a Spokane Valley mobile home park is again at the heart of a state clash between environmental concerns and affordable housing. …

Construction to start on water-reuse plant

Airway Heights will put the shovel in the ground for a long-planned $42 million water reclamation plant in early April in a bid to reuse wastewater, recharge the community’s aquifer, …

County sewer vote set for Jan. 6

The final decision on whether to build a $142 million sewage plant that would serve Spokane Valley and Spokane County is set for Jan. 6. County commissioners set the date …

Playfair proposal put on hold again

The Spokane City Council has declared a portion of the former Playfair horse track as surplus property and plans to put it on the market for business development by requesting …