Stories tagged: water quality
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, 5 a.m.
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, 12:30 a.m.
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, 5:10 p.m.
The Confederated Colville Tribes has received authority from the federal government to set water quality standards it its reservation.
Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
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, 5:54 p.m.
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, 1 p.m.
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, 5:03 p.m.
Blue-green algae advisories have been lifted for Hayden Lake and Avondale Lake, but remain in place for Fernan Lake.
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Avondale has become the third North Idaho lake with a blue-green algae outbreak this summer.
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, 2:26 p.m.
A blue-green algae bloom on the east side of Fernan Lake has spread and now impacts the entire lake.
Fri., Aug. 5, 2016, 1:22 p.m.
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, 2:04 p.m.
Blue-green algae outbreaks have been confirmed in parts of Hayden and Fernan lakes.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
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, 11:46 a.m.
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, 4 a.m.
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, 7 p.m.
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, 12:05 p.m.
Spokane Public Schools drinking water meets state and federal standards for water quality, according to a district news release.
Tue., March 22, 2016, 8:52 p.m.
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, 3:59 p.m.
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, 8 a.m.
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, 4:55 p.m.
A cleanup plan for Hangman Creek isn’t addressing pollution from poor agricultural practices, the Spokane Riverkeeper says.
Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, 4:32 p.m.
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, 12:59 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Got a few worn-out tires in your garage? An old television set you aren’t using? A box of spent compact fluorescent light bulbs? A new website provides links to Spokane-area …