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Three employees charged in Flint water crisis

A judge in Flint, Mich., authorized charges Wednesday against three officials involved in the Flint water crisis, the first time criminal charges have been brought against government officials in the …


Amid California drought, tony community threatens fines over dry lawns

A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping despite California’s continuing drought emergency.


‘Youth Water Summit’ focuses high school minds on water problems

Anyone who regularly cleans a fish tank will like this idea. Three juniors at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene are running an experiment in Jamie Elser’s environmental science …


Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking-water reserves from oilfield contamination.


Racketeering suit filed against Snyder in Flint water crisis

Hundreds of residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a racketeering lawsuit targeting Gov. Rick Snyder and other state and local officials over lead contamination of the city’s drinking water.


Lock at University of Idaho water tank broken

A University of Idaho water tank was shut down Monday after personnel discovered its lock was broken, and officials say they are unsure if there is any connection to three …


Global warming making U.S. sick, report says

The federal government says man-made global warming is making America sicker and it’s only going to get worse.


Effort to recall Michigan governor can move forward

A judge says a political activist can proceed with efforts to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder over his handling of Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted water.


Spokane Valley sizing up water providers within its boundaries

The city of Spokane Valley is looking at the 16 different water and irrigation districts that provide service to Valley residents.


Joking emails about Flint water among latest released

The latest e-mails released from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office on Thursday include playfully written messages about the quality of Flint’s drinking water and the challenge of confronting the issue.


Military to check for water contamination at 664 sites

The military is beginning to check whether chemicals from its firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide, according to the Defense Department.


Class-action lawsuit filed by residents over Flint water crisis

A lawsuit stemming from Flint’s lead-contaminated water was filed Monday on behalf of the city’s residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder as well as other current and former government officials …


Michigan governor hires lawyers for Flint water issues

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has hired two outside lawyers to assist with civil representation and to search and process emails and other records connected to Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.


Flint water was called ‘scary’ before lead crisis by governor’s lawyer

Two lawyers in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s office urged his top aides to switch Flint back to Detroit’s water system only months after the city began using the Flint River, …


‘Urgent’ letter brought forth with no advance notice sets off council debate

Small Spokane Valley Carnhope Irrigation District set to possibly benefit from easier water rights regulations and CDBG grant.


Michigan fires head of environmental agency’s drinking water unit

The state of Michigan announced Friday it has fired the head of the Department of Environmental Quality’s drinking water unit over the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water supply.


Michigan officials warned of Flint water, Legionnaires’ link

High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the …


FBI joins investigation of Flint water lead contamination

The FBI is working with a multiagency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, …


Spokane nonprofit prepares medical, well-drilling shipment for Guatemala

The group Water for Life has operated in Spokane County for more than a decade, digging 79 wells in Guatemala and delivering clean water and medical supplies to tens of …


Lowest water users start saving $5 a month in Spokane

Almost 13,000 households in Spokane got a $5 credit on their monthly utility bills, and will continue to get it for a year, based on their water usage last winter. …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 11, 2015

Drought is conspicuous for those outside the aquifer

More rural residents are hauling water because of the drought. Because of the growth in demand, Whitworth Water District No. 2 has received a state grant to relocate a water …


UPDATED: Fri., June 26, 2015

Drought going strong, irrigators face shutoffs

It’s been nearly six weeks since Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across all of Washington, and experts say conditions may only get worse. In its most recent forecast …


Leak damages Spokane County Courthouse offices

It may have been a hot and dry weekend in Spokane County, but inside, its historic courthouse offices were flooding. A poor pipe fitting dripped unchecked all weekend, said Spokane …


Sewer lines of contention

Sacheen Lake is a popular fishing and vacation spot in the summer. But longtime resident Perry Pearman says its beauty shines brightest in the quiet winter months. “It ices over, …


By 2050, warm winter could be normal for Northwest

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal.


Liquid asset: Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie aquifer

On a corner lot in the center of Spokane Valley, Rupert Butler tends to his large lawn below one of Modern Electric Water Co.’s conspicuous water towers. His grass is …


Rising water demand has officials looking ahead

Clean drinking water has never been in short supply in the Spokane area. As the region grows in the coming decades, however, that may change. Water demand in the metro …


Spokane gets grip on growth with water plan

The city of Spokane has found a way to block development at its borders, even if that growth takes place within the urban growth boundary. The shift in power from …


Spokane losing 20 percent of water deliveries

While Spokane city officials have ratcheted up efforts to “slow the flow” and conserve more water, the city is having trouble keeping its own supply from leaking away. The Spokane …


Boiling advisory lifted for Pasadena Park water customers

The state Department of Health has lifted the boil-water advisory for residents of Pasadena Park Water District 17, almost a week after it was issued because a routine sample showed …