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Idaho’s snowpack specialist retires after 29 years

Idaho’s retiring water specialist Ron Abramovich reflects on 29 years of snowpack.


Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards

The request for public comment on a plan to revisit allowable pollution levels in Washington’s waterways did not include notification to the state’s Department of Ecology or native tribes. The …


New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

EPA unveils plan for chemicals found in West Plains drinking water; critics say it’s not enough

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health defects after …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Only 2 percent of Spokane water, trash customers pay bills on time. City officials hope to change that.

Spokane water customers now have twice as long to pay their utility bills after Spokane City Council increased the time people have to pay from 10 to 20 days.


Then and Now: Spokane Steam Laundry

The plentiful flow of the Spokane River gave the first settlers, S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing, the idea to build a simple sawmill as early as 1871. Another early settler, …


Startups can lead kids to water but it’s harder to make them drink

Most kids don’t drink enough water, according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Public Health. But they’re so accustomed to sugary drinks that they find clear, unsweetened …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Cabinet chiefs and GOP lawmakers celebrated alongside farm and business leaders Tuesday as the Trump administration made good on one of its biggest promised environmental rollbacks, proposing to remove federal …


Study shows where the water is — and isn’t

Idaho’s latest study on the Lewiston Plateau deep aquifer is providing insight into where development may be sustainable, and where it may not be.


Lawsuit blames U.S. government for water contamination around Fairchild Air Force Base

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Fairchild Air Force Base officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

Flood victims get food and water; rain spreads to Northeast

Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018

How can we get uranium from seawater? One Idaho scientist has an idea: altered yarn

Chen Wai is president of LCW Supercritical Technologies, a company based in Moscow, which develops green technologies for environmental and materials research. Together with researchers at the Pacific Northwest National …


Indian Canyon golf course scheduled to reduce holes as golfers pay back loan to fix watering systems

The Spokane City Council this week approved the first of three anticipated loans that will be paid back to the city from fees charged golfers at the four municipal courses. …


‘Probable cause’ doesn’t apply to boaters: Safety checks help prevent boating deaths

No matter how straight people steer their boats, they still might be pulled over by law enforcement officers on the water for safety checks.


The quiet threat to Idaho’s water

Invasive species are classified as animals or plants that are not native to an area. The invasive species outgrow and out-compete native species and dominate an ecosystem because these new …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

Spokane agrees to sell water to Medical Lake to help out in the summer

Spokane water may flow next summer to the parched West Plains town of Medical Lake during the dry summer.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018

Death toll in Missouri duck boat accident rises to 17

Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018

Spokane water denied to Five Mile Prairie land owner who sold land for pump station

City lawmakers say their hands are tied by local and state regulations that limit where they can extend water service. Ginny Beadle’s application was denied, despite part of her land …


Utility bills will pay for Howard Street bridge construction in Riverfront Park

The city had originally intended to use utility dollars to replace the so-called “Blue Bridge” in Riverfront Park, but that replacement was determined not to be needed. Instead, green bond …


Bonneville High water shut off due to lead in sink

Bonneville High School shut off its drinking fountains after a test a week ago found a high level of lead in the water in a home economics room.


Spokane to consider extending water service to Indian Trail, Beacon Hill developments

Amid the threat of legal action and opposition from neighbors, the Spokane City Council will consider three applications Monday to receive city water in areas beyond municipal borders and areas …


Boating with your bud

There’s nothing like water to relax you.


Oregon official apologizes after cryptic emergency alert

The head of Oregon’s emergency management agency has apologized after a cryptic emergency alert was forced out to cellphones in and around Oregon’s capital city, displaying the words “Civil Emergency” …


UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


Officials offers safety tips during water recreation

Whether it’s fishing, rafting or taking the family on the river or lake for a nice afternoon, watersports are a seasonal mainstay in the region. However, dangers can lurk in …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018

Spokane residents could save up to $500 on utility bill for reducing yard turf

In a move aimed at reducing the amount of water residents use to irrigate their lawns during the dusty summer months, the city of Spokane is offering an annual rebate …


Is your kid getting enough to drink? Here’s what you need to know about hydration

Adequate hydration is essential for growing babies, toddlers and kids. As with adults, water is necessary for their body’s daily activities. Because of their smaller size, though, children are more …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018

New study shows high uranium levels in some wells in northeastern Washington

Wells in northeastern Washington frequently have high uranium concentrations, sometimes as much as 40 times the level considered safe for drinking water. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey …


Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water all over the Earth, NASA says

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across the Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies.


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

Genesee reports high nitrate levels

The city of Genesee is advising residents not to give water to infants less than 6 months old, as nitrate levels in the city’s water system have exceeded the state’s …