Since the middle of July blue green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms have been identified at various locations in the upper half of Lake Spokane. The blooms vary from day to day depending on wind and weather but are becoming denser. Galen Buterbaugh, Technical Advisor to the Lake Spokane Association, reports the blooms are worse in the morning when the wind is still. Samples collected on Monday, July 27th at Suncrest Park, indicated that the bloom did contain toxins. Warning signs have been posted at the Suncrest Park swimming beach.
State fishery managers have closed or restricted fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington. Drought conditions resulting in reduced flows and increased water temperatures is the culprit. The Spokane River is no exception.
The Washington Department of Ecology has adopted an “instream flow rule” for the main stem of the Spokane River in
On July 25th with temperatures approaching 90 degrees, a group of intrepid volunteers from Spokane Fly Fishers joined Jasmine Lupe of the Spokane Conservation District to water plants at the State Line access site.
The Forum is pleased to announce a small grant from the City of Spokane Valley to support our Spokane River water trail web site and related activities. Valley support comes from a fund that provides strategic grants to support social services and economic development.
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
In an effort to protect Spokane River stream flows and the aquifer, the city of Spokane and Spokane County unveiled plans to offer rebates to residents buying new Water Sense toilets or Energy Star washing machines to replace less-efficient appliances. The Spokesman Review reports.
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