A memorandum of understanding allows Washinton, Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to participate in a monitoring study of Post Falls Dam. The study will be used to determine final conditions that Idaho Department of Environmental Quality will place on summer discharges of water at Post Falls Dam. These conditions are part of Avista’s proposed 50 year license to continue operating Post Falls Dam. The Spokane River Forum reports.
The City of Spokane has won Washington Department of Ecology praise for draft shoreline regulations being proposed within the city limits. Draft plans being developed by Spokane County, however, remain the subject of controversy. The Spokesman Review reports.
The attached Ecology memo describes issues of consideration for pursuing a Use Attainability Analysis (UAA) and Site Specific Criteria changes in Lake Spokane.
A hearing held by Spokane County commissioners drew a diverse crowd of people with concerns about entering a $170 million contract to build a wastewater treatment plant before getting necessary discharge permits. The county does not know whether discharge from the plant will be allowed into the Spokane River. The Spokesman Review reports.
Spokane County is on the verge of signing what’s believed to be its biggest contract ever to build a wastewater treatment plant, even though no one knows yet whether environmental regulators will allow any of the treated sewage to be discharged into the Spokane River. The Spokesman Review reports.
On November 12th, 2008 Idaho Disctrict Court Judge John M. Melanson ordered commencement of the Coeur D’Alene-Spokane River Basin General Adjudication.
The Sierra Club submitted a letter to Spokane County urging the Commissioners to rethink wastewater treatment technology before entering into a costly contract with CH2MHill. The Sierra Club reports, including a copy of the letter.
The attached work plan and schedule describes the objectives, structure, responsibilities, personnel, and decision-making process that will be used by four agencies to develop the inter-state Spokane River water quality model. A letter describing Ecology’s interpretation of the Washington water quality standard for dissolved oxygen in Lake Spokane is also attached.