Stories tagged: water quality
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is falling short on preventing water pollution, largely because of its problem with homelessness in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco
Thu., Sept. 12, 2019
As a 46-year union member and proud supporter of the Blue-Green Alliance, I’ve never accepted the idea we had to choose between a clean environment and good, family-wage jobs; I …
Tue., June 11, 2019
Attorney General Bob Ferguson sues Trump administration over water quality standards in Spokane River
The lawsuit alleges violations of federal law in the EPA’s decision last month to lessen standards for pollutants allowed into Washington waterways. The decision, which comes two years after federal …
Thu., Aug. 16, 2018
In another setback to the proposed Longview coal project, a state board Wednesday upheld the denial of a key water quality permit for the Millennium Bulk Terminals project.
Thu., May 3, 2018
The Confederated Colville Tribes has received authority from the federal government to set water quality standards it its reservation.
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017
The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is celebrating its 26th year of preserving the region’s water quality and the open-space values of working farms and forests with a fundraising banquet on …
Tue., May 2, 2017
Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington’s picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from …
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017
Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and loggers are following those rules, state officials say.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016
A blue-green algae outbreak has been detected at Black Lake, one of the chain lakes along the Coeur d’Alene River.
Tue., Sept. 20, 2016
Blue-green algae advisories have been lifted for Hayden Lake and Avondale Lake, but remain in place for Fernan Lake.
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016
Avondale has become the third North Idaho lake with a blue-green algae outbreak this summer.
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016
A blue-green algae bloom on the east side of Fernan Lake has spread and now impacts the entire lake.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game planned to acquire a 1,000-acre former horse ranch along the Coeur d’Alene River through a land swap, but opposition to the trade killed …
Tue., July 19, 2016
Blue-green algae outbreaks have been confirmed in parts of Hayden and Fernan lakes.
Fri., July 8, 2016
Permits that allow the city of Spokane, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District and Kaiser Aluminum to discharge treated wastewater into the Spokane River are being updated by the Washington …
Wed., June 29, 2016
An environmental group sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Eastern Washington are polluting the Columbia River in violation of clean-water …
Mon., June 13, 2016
A dozen years ago, Bob Sievers changed the way he farms 2,700 acres of highly erodible land in Washington’s Palouse region. Direct seeding cuts down on soil erosion and protects …
Sun., June 12, 2016
Hangman Creek’s muddy water contributes to water-quality issues in the Spokane River; new efforts are underway to clean up the creek.
Tue., May 31, 2016
Native shrubs will become the front line for keeping phosphorous out of Fernan Lake. The erosion control project aims to improve water quality in the lake east of Coeur d’Alene, …
Tue., May 17, 2016
Spokane Public Schools drinking water meets state and federal standards for water quality, according to a district news release.
Tue., March 22, 2016
Oxygen levels are declining in Lake Coeur d’Alene, raising concerns about the heavy metals buried in mud at the bottom of the lake.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2015
Some property owners on Newman Lake will see their property tax bills rise this year to pay for new equipment to improve water quality. But many say the method of …
Thu., Oct. 8, 2015
Facing pressure from federal regulators, Gov. Jay Inslee is taking another stab at updating clean-water rules partly tied to how much fish people eat.
Wed., Oct. 7, 2015
A cleanup plan for Hangman Creek isn’t addressing pollution from poor agricultural practices, the Spokane Riverkeeper says.
Wed., Oct. 7, 2015
Health advisories related to blue-green algae outbreaks in Hayden Lake and Avondale Lake have been lifted, and the water in both lakes is again safe for fishing, swimming and domestic …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2015
A grain handling facility in Freeman, Washington, has been designated as a Superfund site.
Mon., July 20, 2015
Wear a wet suit or skip it? That was the dilemma facing swimmers at the Steve Omi Memorial Swim at Sanders Beach on Saturday morning. With surface water temperatures reaching …
Fri., July 10, 2015
Drought and heat are taking a toll on water quality in local lakes. A health advisory was issued today for Hayden Lake after sampling confirmed the presence of a blue-green …
Sun., May 31, 2015
Blue-green algae blooms can turn the bay near Tim and Betty Howell’s house from picturesque to yucky. When the water quality deteriorates, the blooms appear in the shallow bay at …
Tue., Dec. 9, 2014
Carp are mud grubbers, rooting through the sediment at the bottom of Long Lake as they search for food. “They’re like little plows,” said Chris Donley, a fisheries manager for …