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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, 5:49 p.m.

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, 2:55 p.m.

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

Water boil order in effect for Pasadena Park residents

The state Department of Health has warned homeowners who get their water from Pasadena Park Water District 17 in Spokane Valley to boil their water after E. coli was detected …

Community gardens adjust for well concerns

Earlier this year it looked like two community gardens would have to be moved, because they are located too close to city wellheads and violate Washington State Department of Health …

Farmers may soon get surface water

Surface water may be as close as ever for some Columbia Basin farmers who have been watching their groundwater slip away. The state Department of Ecology has water rights in …

Cold water released at Dworshak early

LEWISTON – Pacific Northwest water managers are releasing a pulse of cold water from the Dworshak Reservoir earlier than usual in hopes of cooling water temperatures in the lower Snake …

Fernan Lake tested positive for blue-green algae; health advisory issued

A health advisory was issued Saturday for Fernan Lake, Idaho, where toxic blue-green algae was found present in the water.

High court mulls WSU water rights

OLYMPIA – Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course needs lots of water to stay green in the dry summers – more water than some people think the university has …