Clean up of toxic metals in the shoreline sediments on the north side of the Spokane River at Harvard Road is beginning Tuesday, August 19.
The Washington Department of Ecology Urban Waters Initiative is investigating storm drains that spill into the Spokane River to find sources of PCBs, PBDEs and other toxins infiltrating the river system.
The City of Spokane and the City of Post Falls will host the next meeting of the “Regional Water Management Dialogue” on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at the Upriver Water & Hydro Electric Facility, 2701 N. Waterworks St.
Avista Corp. is using heavy equipment to scoop rocks and gravel from behind the Monroe Street Dam in downtown Spokane. But the action is drawing fire from the Sierra Club, who says the work may be stirring up PCBs, heavy metals and other toxic materials deposited behind the dam.