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New website shows options for disposing hazardous waste

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 …


Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution, solutions

Five years ago, officials from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho shook hands on a deal to address historic mining pollution at the bottom of Lake Coeur …


Idaho cities must reduce river discharges of phosphorus

Idaho cities will be required to cut their discharge of phosphorus into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality. The new …


Long Lake pollution study worries Suncrest residents

Andy Gendaszek dove into the shallow water along Long Lake’s shoreline earlier this week, targeting dark, weedy areas downstream from housing developments. When he emerged, the U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist …


UI researchers tracking sources of Fernan Lake algae

Strands of blue-green algae beading Fernan Lake’s shoreline are a common but unwelcome sight to Bill Miller and other residents living near the lake. The small lake east of Coeur …


Editorial: City shouldn’t use water as a weapon to control county development

Water should not be weaponized, and talk that the city of Spokane might take that approach to squelching unwanted development is troubling, but probably overstated. The city and Spokane County …


Forest Service deconstructing roads in Little North Fork watershed with $1.8 allocation

Will Young looks for signs of washout as he tramps along an old U.S. Forest Service road. It’s been years since logging trucks last lumbered down this dirt road, which …


Smart Bombs: Great Lakes crisis is eerie

Remember the dish-washing nightmare, when phosphate-infused detergents were banned by the Nanny State? Darn that nanny, making us scrub a little harder before placing plates in the dishwasher. Maybe you’re …


Unions oppose tough state water quality standards

OLYMPIA – Washington state is rushing toward water quality standards that will be too strict and cost jobs without being backed up by good science, leaders of unions with workers …


Avista replacing transformers to eliminate PCBs

Avista Corp. is spending $36 million over six years to replace thousands of electrical transformers that contain PCBs, a cancer-causing compound found in elevated levels in the Spokane River. Transformers …


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 …


Editorial: Washington should write own plan for clean water

If you think the cracked Wanapum Dam is under pressure, ask Gov. Jay Inslee about the forces pushing him for a decision on the future quality of Washington waters. The …


Grassy swale helps CdA church handle stormwater, save money

Fifty-five-thousand square feet of asphalt made it easy to find a parking spot at Coeur d’Alene Assembly Church, but all that blacktop was costing the church a small fortune in …


State agency hopes to finance oil spill risk-reduction program

Oil trains traveling through the Inland Northwest cross Lake Pend Oreille and pass over the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. The rail route also follows portions of the Spokane River, Hangman …


Spokane Tribe adopts strict water quality standards

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has adopted new water quality standards aimed at protecting the health of members who eat a subsistence diet of nearly two pounds of fish daily. …


Tribe sets new Spokane River pollution standards

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has adopted new water quality standards aimed at protecting the health of members who eat a subsistence diet of nearly two pounds of fish daily.


Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper seeks to protect namesake lake, educate residents

A new Lake Coeur d’Alene Waterkeeper program aims to get residents involved in helping protect one of North Idaho’s most valuable assets: water quality in the 50-square-mile lake. “We want …


State’s fish consumption rates to be updated

With the Pacific Ocean for one border and the Columbia River for another, it’s no surprise that fish is a regular part of many Washington residents’ diets. But when it …


Ranchers worried about ruling on waste control

Bill Demers is a small-time rancher, grazing three cows on 65 acres of rolling pasture in south Spokane County. It’s a job the retired juvenile court officer relishes. Demers’ cows …


BPA sued over flucating levels on Lake Pend Oreille

Subjecting Lake Pend Oreille to fluctuating water levels aimed at increasing downstream power generation will erode shorelines, hurt water quality and destroy valuable wetlands at Idaho’s largest lake, the Idaho …


Floating phosphorus sponges may help clear up Hayden Lake

A Hayden Lake homeowners association installed a floating wetland next to its community dock Thursday, with the goal of improving water quality in one of the lake’s murky bays. Water …


CdA river basin project locates lead deposits

Ed Moreen powered a small motorboat up the Lower Coeur d’Alene River Friday morning, pointing out colorful layers of sediment in the riverbank. The reddish soil was stained by iron …


Groups sue BNSF, say coal trains pollute waterways

BNSF Railway Co. is polluting Washington’s waterways with releases of coal dust and chunks of coal from open-top rail cars, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. The Spokane Riverkeeper joined the …


Draft wastewater permits released for Idaho cities

Idaho cities will be required to cut the amount of phosphorus they discharge into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality, …


Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer project wraps up

A five-year project to use trees to promote the health of the Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer has ended, with new trees planted, a blueprint for where to plant more, a boost …


Waves of change

Ted Kardos Sr. has lived in Pend Oreille County for 50 years and says he’s seen the county’s lakes, streams and rivers negatively affected by development. That’s why Kardos is …


Gardens evicted over water safety

Two community gardens located on Spokane Water Department property will have to move by the end of the year. The Hillyard Garden – also known as the Pump House Garden …


Trentwood Irrigation District reports water safe to drink

The water in the Trentwood area of Spokane Valley is safe to drink, an official with Trentwood Irrigation District No. 3 said this morning.


CdA to take advantage of natural weed-eaters

Coeur d’Alene got its goats, and the city isn’t the least bit annoyed by it. City water officials long have wanted to use goats to mow down weeds at municipal …


Sewage spills into Lake Roosevelt

High flows in the Columbia River helped dilute sewage spilled into Lake Roosevelt over the weekend from a British Columbia treatment plant, local health officials said. Heavy rains overwhelmed a …