Spokane river wastewater treatment operators plus Avista have formed the Spokane River Stewardship Partners. A just released web site invites people to learn about the coalition and their involvement in river stewardship. The Partners coalition includes Spokane County, the cities of Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board, Avista and Inland Empire Paper Company.
The Washington Department of Ecology released a new draft plan to assure dissolved oxygen standards in the Spokane River are met. The attached Ecology news release provides a link to the draft plan and announces a public meeting to discuss the plan on September 24th.
The Inlander has researched commercial entities sucking the most water out of the Rathdrum Prairie-Spokane Valley Aquifer. Many of the businesses on this list are back from last year’s list, but there are a few changes. For some, water conservation practices are kicking in. The Inlander Reports
Spokane has been measuring the flow of water under the Monroe Street Bridge for over 100 years, and for over 100 years the level of that flow has been falling. What’s it mean to the river’s future? The Inlander reports.
Sarah Hubbard-Gray, on behalf of the Spokane River Stewardship Partners, writes that “On behalf of the SRSP dischargers, I am providing you with the attached letter regarding concerns with the selected scenario #1 and the need to build flexibility into the TMDL. Note that the letter references previous correspondence sent on April 10, 2009, which is also attached as referenced.”