Ecology will hold an open house beginning at 6:00 pm on June 30 to share information and answer questions about
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.
With a bill of $300 million to keep PCBs out of the Spokane River coming due, the City of Spokane is looking for compensation from Monsanto, a multinational agrochemical provider. The city alleges Monsanto sold PCB laced products that it knew were a danger to human and environmental health.
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.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein ordered EPA to “work with Ecology to create a definite schedule with concrete goals, including: clear statements on how the [Spokane River Toxics] Task Force will assist in creating a PCB TMDL in the Spokane River by reducing scientific uncertainty; quantifiable metrics to measure progress toward this goal; regular checkpoints at which Ecology and the EPA will evaluate progress; a reasonable end date, at which time Ecology will finalize and submit the TMDL for the EPA’s approval or disapproval; and firm commitments to reducing PCB production from known sources in the interim.”
The Spokane River Forum has launched a new waste directory designed to help local residents and businesses make choices that protect the region’s sole-source aquifer and improve the quality of the Spokane River. Done in collaboration with 8 local agencies and non-profits, safely disposing of hazardous and other waste just got easier. Visit www.spokanewastedirectory.org
A Superior Court Judge ruled that Spokane County’s wastewater treatment plant will need a new permit that measures the amount of PCBs being put into the Spokane River. The Spokesman Review reports. Come to the Spokane River Forum Conference November 19-20 to learn more about efforts to reduce toxics and other waste into the Spokane River.
October 15th The WA Department of Ecology has approved an amendment to the Spokane County (County) Shoreline Master Program (SMP)
After 10 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board (HARSB) NPDES wastewater discharge permits to the Spokane River. The CDA Press reports.
The Spokane River Forum had the pleasure of taking the youth from Project Hope on an eco-tour paddle. These inspiring youngsters farm urban gardens and provide landscaping services in the West Central neighborhood, just minutes from the Spokane River near Kendell Yards…