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Pollutants found in remote lakes, rivers

Scientists consider Sullivan Lake’s waters relatively pristine. The 1,300-acre mountain lake in northeast Washington is home to a thriving kokanee salmon run. Along with confirmed sightings of grizzlies, wolves and …


State, landowners work together to clean up Little Spokane River

Gary Verbrugge is converting an old cow pasture along the Little Spokane River into a thriving wetland. Over the past three years, he and others have planted about 15,000 seedlings …


Floating wetlands clear inspiration

Rafts made out of plastic membranes, sprouting cattails and other nutrient-loving plants could help solve Hayden Lake’s water-quality problems by soaking up excess phosphorus. Karen Hayes can picture a flotilla …


Stream stewardship 101

Fly-fishing is one of Debbie Stempf’s favorite pastimes, and that’s why she appreciates the pristine water quality in Shoshone Creek. Even on hot days, the tributary creek delivers cold, clear …


Public murky about Lake CdA quality

When it comes to water quality in Lake Coeur d’Alene, local residents are pretty savvy. They think the lake is cleaner now than it was 40 years ago. That’s generally …


Hayden Lake purchase to help water quality, wildlife

Wildlife managers have snared a prime piece of real estate above Hayden Lake for continued use by moose, bear, elk and other critters. The acquisition should also help protect the …


Phosphorus removal methods targeting types that spur algae

Not all of the phosphorus discharged into the Spokane River contributes to oxygen-robbing algae blooms in the reservoir behind Long Lake Dam, according to a new study from the University …


Mine fined for errors in water testing

The Buckhorn Mine was fined $22,000 for reporting inaccurate test results for water discharged from the gold operation in Okanogan County.


Hauser Lake warning lifted

A health advisory issued last week for the Hauser Lake shoreline has been lifted.


Harmful algae blooms found in Hauser Lake

Blue-green algae blooms have been detected in Hauser Lake, and people should avoid areas of algae growth along the shorelines.


State, tribe conducting survey on lake water

The state of Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe want to know how knowledgeable local residents are about Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality. They’re encouraging people to take a 22-question …


Water quality plan set for Black Lake

Excess phosphorus is degrading water quality in Black Lake, one of the chain lakes along the Coeur d’Alene River near Harrison.


New Rules To Reveal What’s In Your Water Epa Would Force Water Companies To List Contents

Beginning next year, all Americans will be told what is in their tap water and how safe it is to drink, under a program proposed Wednesday by the Environmental Protection …


Water Woes Postpone Development Utilities Commission Probes Customer Complaints

Alexandra Delis-Abrams holds a drainboard stained by residue from the minerals in her water supply. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Study Links Tap Water To Miscarriages

Pregnant women might want to think twice before drinking a lot of tap water. New research, to be published later this month in the journal Epidemiology, found women in their …


Panel Makes Another Bid For Stream Protection Rules Proposal For New-Development Buffers Similar To One Commissioners Softened

The Spokane County Planning Commission is recommending a “critical areas” ordinance strikingly similar to one county commissioners softened a year ago. The commissioners’ version was rejected by the regional Growth …


Sportsmen Fees Won’t Pay For Cleanup

A southeastern Idaho sportsmen’s group is advising Gov. Phil Batt against using money from hunting and fishing fees to help Idaho comply with the federal Clean Water Act. In response …


Sickness On Tap Drinking Water Problems Plague North Idaho As Communities Struggle To Keep It Clean

Murky problem. Hayden Lake firefighters pump out approximately 150,000 gallons of water to flush the Avondale water system. Several North Idaho water systems have had problems with bacteria. Photo by …


Pump To Bypass Polluted Well Coeur D’Alene Struggles To Lower Solvent Levels In Water

With levels of an industrial solvent climbing close to the federal limit for drinking water, the Coeur d’Alene Water Department is going to “Plan C” for dealing with its polluted …


Water Supply Declared Safe In Dalton Gardens

Dalton Gardens residents once again can use water directly out of the tap without boiling it. The Idaho Division of Environmental Quality lifted a boil order Monday for the approximately …


Plummer Folks Boiling Mad About Water Chlorine Stops Contamination, But Only Temporarily

Cold water is a hot item in Plummer. “We always sell out of it,” said Sandy Howell at the Benewah Market. She buys the two-gallon jugs herself.


Weaker Shoreline Rules Blasted Kootenai Commissioners Delay Vote On Ordinance In Wake Of Opposition

A weakened version of a shoreline protection ordinance was lambasted as the product of politics at a public hearing Wednesday. Speakers called the proposed changes to the ordinance “window dressing …


Clinton Signs Drinking Water Law Bipartisan Effort Hailed As Breakthrough For Safety

President Clinton on Tuesday signed a major overhaul of the nation’s safe drinking water laws that dramatically toughens standards and authorizes $7.6 billion over seven years for a revolving loan …


Group Says Water Safety Jeopardized Center Claims Kempthorne Helping To Weaken Laws

Portions of new federal clean water legislation are in danger of being significantly weakened, in part by Idaho Sen. Dirk Kempthorne, environmental groups allege in an advertising campaign that kicks …


Epa Asks Christian School To Render Water Test

Anita Utley believes well water, which keeps her fish alive, is also good enough for pupils at the school. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review