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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base sue makers of toxic fire retardant, including 3M Co.

The plaintiffs claim they have suffered from an array of serious health problems caused by the water contamination, which resulted from decades of foam runoff from a training site on …


Spokane, Airway Heights close to new water deal following well contamination

The two-year agreement will cap the amount of water Airway Heights can use from the Spokane aquifer and give the city time to address a long-term solution for well contamination …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018

Russian presidential candidate Sobchak is doused with water

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak’s campaign office says she was doused with water and knocked to the ground in an assault on Sunday.


Spokane lawmakers, water experts plan forum Tuesday night to discuss aquifer health

After several local governments expressed interest in buying some of Spokane’s water, city lawmakers are planning on forum to address the health of the region’s aquifer and the availability of …


Tests show high lead levels at 4 Flint schools, care centers

Only four schools and care facilities in Flint had elevated levels of lead in their water during recent tests, though one school district refused to allow the testing as the …


Michigan scrambles to address chemical contaminants in water

While the city of Flint still recovers from a lead-tainted water crisis, Michigan is scrambling to combat potential health risks in other tap water that stem from chemicals long used …


Groups accuse Flint of violating legal settlement over water

Plaintiffs in a landmark legal settlement related to Flint’s lead-tainted water have asked a federal judge to intervene because they say city officials have repeatedly ignored requirements that allow monitoring …


Development to resume in parched Little Spokane Watershed

Spokane County will resume issuing construction permits in the Little Spokane Watershed, more than a year after permitting was stalled by a controversial court decision, state and county officials said …


County issues disaster declaration for town without water

County officials approved a disaster declaration for a western Idaho town so it can apply for emergency state funding after losing its water wells.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime

While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …


Water woes bubble below the surface in Flint recall election

Karen Weaver was elected mayor of Flint two years ago arguing that her predecessor had bungled the response to the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis.


Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA

Mayor David Condon told the City Council this week he has been discussing the possibility of a workaround for environmental guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals being discharged into the Spokane River …


Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’

This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of …


U.S., Mexico reach deal to conserve Colorado River water

The United States and Mexico unveiled an agreement Wednesday to preserve the overtaxed Colorado River, including spending millions of dollars on conservation and environmental projects and drawing up plans to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

City officials don’t know what caused water on Spokane’s South Hill to smell bad

City officials don’t know what exactly made the water dirty and smelly for some residents on Spokane’s South Hill on Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

City determines cause of Tuesday’s dirty drinking water on South Hill

A water main that had been left uncharged for several weeks left some residents on the South Hill with smelly, dirty water for more than an hour on Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration’s response but called for the emergency loosening of rules …


Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds

The fertility rate in Flint, Michigan, dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017

Sen. Cantwell secures additional funds for Fairchild cleanup

A provision to the Department of Defense’s future budget could see more funds flow to local communities whose water supplies have been affected by contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base.


Expert declares qualified end to water crisis in Flint

An expert who two years ago warned about dangerous lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water has declared a qualified end to the crisis.


Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm.


Idaho court ruling could force Pocatello to refund millions

The city of Pocatello could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in excess fees following a recent Idaho Supreme Court ruling.


Keillor: When a red state gets the blues

If you chose to live in a tree and the branch your hammock was attached to fell down, you wouldn’t ask for a government subsidy to hang your hammock in …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017

Brewery shipping water instead of beer for Harvey relief

An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia is shipping canned drinking water to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017

Kalispel paddle the Pend Oreille in dugout canoes, embracing historic ties to the waterway

For the first time in about a century, members of the Kalispel Tribe made a 51-mile journey in a traditional-style dugout canoe from City Beach Park in Sandpoint downstream to …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

Activists protest Rio water, filthy despite Olympic promises

Environmental activists sailed across Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay on Saturday to protest pollution in the city’s waterways and broken promises to clean them up around the 2016 Olympics.


Fairchild runoff could spur lawsuits

More than a few residents of the area surrounding Fairchild Air Force Base suspect their chronic health problems can be attributed to chemical runoff from the base’s firefighting operations. But …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council

The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …