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Wet April helps Oregon snow stick around longer

Heavy rainfall in April has helped boost Oregon’s snowpack after several years of below-average levels.


Facing pressure, more schools scramble to confront dangers of lead in water

Nearly two years after a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, triggered renewed pressure for lead testing and remediation in schools across the country, many districts continue to stumble. And in …


Wisconsin Gov. Walker says he won’t remove sheriff over inmate’s dehydration death

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he won’t remove Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from office over the death of an inmate who was denied water for seven days.


Gov. Brown says California drought emergency is over

Startlingly green hills, surging rivers and the snow-wrapped Sierra Nevada had already signaled what Gov. Jerry Brown made official on Friday: The long California drought is over.


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017

Vermont radioactive waste water could be trucked to Idaho

Federal officials are considering approving a plan to truck 200,000 gallons of low-level radioactive waste water from a closed eastern U.S. nuclear power plant to Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Selling water: Coke, Pepsi look to make water rain money

As bottled water surges in popularity, Coke, Pepsi and other companies are using celebrity endorsements, stylish packaging and fancy filtration processes like “reverse osmosis” to sell people on expanding variations …


African governments urged to spend more on clean water

Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their …


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017

Report: Washington growers should have plenty of water

If the weather cooperates this spring and early summer, there should be plentiful water for local growers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports. In their March forecast, bureau officials estimate …


After hard winter, Oregon snowpack rebounds

The average statewide snowpack for Oregon is well above normal for March after a harsh winter that featured heavy snow across much of the state. However, hydrologists warn that an …


Past opinions offer perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Marines to Vietnam, March 9, 1965


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017

Washington water forecast dramatically improves in February

A very wet February has dramatically improved the water supply forecast for Washington state.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017

Flint residents must start paying for water they still can’t drink without a filter

Residents in Flint, Michigan, are about to start paying the full cost of their water again, even though what’s flowing from their taps has yet to be declared safe to …


Idaho dairy eyed after residents discover tainted water

State officials are investigating claims that a south-central Idaho dairy pumped manure into a canal, and tests are being conducted on water coming from faucets in nearby homes where residents …


Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people

Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end …


Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ at root of Flint water crisis

“Systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried

Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and …


Tri-Cities school districts testing water for lead, copper

Kennewick schools recently shut off or replaced roughly 54 water faucets and 20 drinking fountains as part of an initial round of tests for lead and copper.


Parasite found in Portland drinking water

Officials say a trace amount of cryptosporidium parasite has been found in a test of Portland drinking water for the fourth time this year.


Flint’s water plant upgrade cost rises to $108 million

A consultant says the cost of upgrading Flint’s water treatment plant is estimated at $108 million, up slightly from an earlier estimate.


Flint-area residents seek $700M from EPA over water crisis

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners are seeking more than $700 million in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of the city’s crisis with …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Flint water has fallen below federal lead limit

Flint’s water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose …


California snowpack measures low, but big storms coming

Surveyors plunged a pole into the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday and took the first manual measurement of the wet season, finding water content was about half of normal as …


Montana water district files suit over Yellowstone arsenic

A Montana water and sewer district is suing Yellowstone National Park over arsenic leaking from the park that infiltrates its sewage treatment system.


The Latest: Not-guilty pleas by 3 newly charged in Flint

Not-guilty pleas have been entered by three of the four people newly charged in the Flint water investigation.


Oregon health officials release map of schools’ lead tests

Oregon health officials have released an interactive map to allow people to look up results for drinking water lead tests in their local schools.


Oregon officials launch database for results of lead tests

State health and education officials in Oregon have launched an online database that allows parents to find out how much lead is in the water in their children’s school.


Order to disperse could have little effect on oil pipeline protest camp

A government order for protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline to leave federal land could have little immediate effect on the encampment where scores of people have been gathered for …


Salem dumps raw sewage into Willamette River during storm

The city of Salem says it dumped nearly 20 million gallons of raw sewage into the Willamette River last week after heavy rains overwhelmed its sewer system.


Tests show high lead levels in water at 60 Cleveland schools

Cleveland’s school district will replace hundreds of drinking fountains, restroom faucets, outdoor spigots and other water fixtures after tests found high lead levels in the water at 60 of its …


EPA orders Flint to outline fixes before water switch

Federal officials have outlined new steps Flint must take before switching its drinking water source again in the wake of its lead-contamination crisis.