Spokane County commissioners voted 2-1 on Friday to allow an engineering firm to begin construction on a wastewater treatment plant that will raise sewer bills for residents served by it, most of whom live in Spokane Valley. Decision on whether plant can discharge effluent into the Spokane River still unknown. The Spokesman Review reports.
A proposal in the Washington Legislature would relax the deadline for cleaning up the Spokane River and other state waterways, allowing wastewater dischargers up to 20 years to meet stringent new limits for phosphorus and other pollutants. The Spokesman Review reports.
Spokane County is seeking public comment on the Draft Watershed Plan for the Lower Spokane River Basin.
The following summary was developed in response to a question posed at the December 11 stakeholder meeting asking Ecology to provide information in support of the designated aquatic life uses on Lake Spokane.