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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

EPA: California homelessness causing poor water quality

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


Dan Wilson: Don’t sacrifice jobs for unattainable water quality standards

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 …


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 …


Millennium water quality permit denial upheld

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.


Colville Tribe receives authority to set water quality standards on reservation

The Confederated Colville Tribes has received authority from the federal government to set water quality standards it its reservation.


Local land trust celebrates 26 years, new director at banquet

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 …


Toxic mine pollution halted near Lake Chelan

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 …


Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules

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.


Blue-green algae bloom detected at Black Lake in North Idaho

A blue-green algae outbreak has been detected at Black Lake, one of the chain lakes along the Coeur d’Alene River.


Blue-green algae advisory lifted for Hayden and Avondale lakes

Blue-green algae advisories have been lifted for Hayden Lake and Avondale Lake, but remain in place for Fernan Lake.


Blue-green algae outbreak detected at Avondale Lake

Avondale has become the third North Idaho lake with a blue-green algae outbreak this summer.


Blue-green algae bloom now affects all of Fernan Lake

A blue-green algae bloom on the east side of Fernan Lake has spread and now impacts the entire lake.


Opposition kills proposed deal to acquire Black Lake Ranch

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 …


Blue-green algae outbreaks lead to advisories for parts of Hayden and Fernan lakes

Blue-green algae outbreaks have been confirmed in parts of Hayden and Fernan lakes.


Spokane River discharge permits available for review

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 …


Grand Coulee Dam’s operations subject of Columbia Riverkeeper lawsuit

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 …


‘Direct seeding,’ or no-till farming, one way to cut down on erosion

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 …


Muddy waters: Hangman Creek cleanup essential to Spokane River health

Hangman Creek’s muddy water contributes to water-quality issues in the Spokane River; new efforts are underway to clean up the creek.


Crews plant native shrubs at Fernan Lake to battle algae problems

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, …


Spokane schools’ water meets lead standards

Spokane Public Schools drinking water meets state and federal standards for water quality, according to a district news release.


Lake CdA’s declining oxygen levels worry scientists

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

Property taxes rise on Newman Lake to pay for water quality; residents question fairness

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 …


Inslee to announce new approach to updating water quality

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.


Riverkeeper sues over Hangman Creek cleanup

A cleanup plan for Hangman Creek isn’t addressing pollution from poor agricultural practices, the Spokane Riverkeeper says.


Health advisories lifted for Hayden, Avondale lakes

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

Freeman grain facility added to Superfund list

A grain handling facility in Freeman, Washington, has been designated as a Superfund site.


High temperatures at area lakes a threat to aquatic life

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 …


Toxic algae bloom found in Hayden Lake

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 …


Hayden Lake’s floating wetlands aimed at reducing phosphorus pollution

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 …


Avista studying Long Lake carp’s effect on water quality

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 …