October 25, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:

Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916
Meeting Documents:
DES (Sundae Delgado) Presentations

September 27, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: September 27, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Location:
 Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

In preparation for the Budget Summit at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, you all have homework! Please scroll down and review the document titled “Activities for SRRTTF Funding Consideration_prioritized by TTWG.” 
This document shows a consolidated list of PCB monitoring and control action projects (from longer lists compiled of ideas proposed in advance of the September Technical Track Work Group (TTWG) meeting). At that meeting, the TTWG discussed a broad range of options before agreeing to complete an online survey (after the options had been distilled into an actionable list) designed to provide a rough priority ranking. Individuals from 14 participating Task Force entities completed the survey, including nine of 13 SRRTTF voting member entities. The above mentioned document shows those activities, as ranked by the TTWG.
In August, the Task Force had a brief presentation covering some (Ecology-suggested) of the ideas, but the SRRTTF has not discussed the full list. Please take the time to read the document, thinking about best use of limited Task Force funds, and PENCIL in on it a High, Medium, or Low to denote your prioritization of each potential project. Add any discussion notes you’d like to bring up at the SRRTTF meeting on 9/27, where people will have a chance to advocate for or ask questions about these potential activities. It is worth keeping in mind that by the time a contract for the Washington state funding of $310,000 can be put in place, perhaps 18 months can be used for these funds (which must be used before June 30, 2019).
Please come to the 9/27 meeting having spent some time thinking about these ideas, and be ready to listen & discuss the potential activities. After dialogue on the activities at the meeting, the group will conduct a dot exercise to gain a visual representation, then hold discussion with the goal of reaching consensus on a list prioritized by the full Task Force.
Please review all other decision documents prior to the meeting as well.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to prepare, and see you on September 27th!

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF 09.27.17 Meeting_FINAL Notes
 SRRTTF September 27_2017 Agenda_draft_V2
 Activities for SRRTTF Funding Consideration_prioritized by TTWG
  8.23.17 SRRTTF Meeting Notes Draft_2
–  TTWG_09-06-17_mtg_notes
–  ACE commitment report for 9_27_2017 TF meeting
–  SRRTTF_LimnoTech_09_27_2017_Fingerprinting
–  GroundwaterFingerprintingMemo_DRAFT_092517

 

September 6, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Audio Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

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Meeting Materials:
TTWG_09-06-17_mtg_notes

TTWG agn 09-06-17_draft v2

Spokane-County-project-suggestions (1)

SRSP TF Monitoring Stawman Proposal Draft2 08-28-17
SRSP-TF-Monitoring-Stawman-Proposal-Draft2-08-28-17 (1)
Potential PCB Control Actions (1)

June 7, 2017 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday June 7, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Audio Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Conference ID: 2740350

Meeting Materials:
–  TTWG 06-07-17 meeting notes
 TTWG agn 06-07-17
–  TCP process flowchart
 SRRTTF PCB Database Tsk1&2 TechMemo DRAFT

March 22, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm

Location:
Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Materials:
– SRRTTF 3-22-2017 Meeting Notes FINAL
–  
SRRTTF March 22_2017 Agenda_draft_revised
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SRRTTF 2.22.17 Summary Notes_DRAFT
 TTWG 3.1.17 summary notes 
 Ace Commitment Report_for March 2017 TF meeting
  Draft_SOW_for_2017_SRRTTF_Technical_Activities _03-15-17
 Data driven project efforts d2_3-2-17
–  Control-Actions_Work-Plan-Tracking
  Logic Flow_Comp Plan

February 22, 2017 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:
Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District Office
22510 E. Mission Avenue Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Click here for a map

To attend by phone:
Call In Number: (509) 335-2277
Participant Code: 5266916

Meeting Materials
SRRTTF 2.22.17 Summary Notes_(approved draft 3.22.17)
– SRRTTF_02-22-17_agenda_draft_(2)
– SRRTTF 01.25.17 DRAFT summary notes
 Committment Report
Website Mock up: Website MockUp
  Control-Actions_Work-Plan-Tracking_for-02-22-17  (revised 2.17.17)
 Policy 1-11 Update Process for the Water Quality Assessment (Late posting 2.21.17 at 7 pm – for your information regarding where the Policy 1-11 process is)

Comp Plan Work Plan Documents:
– Funding: 
Funding concepts Rev 021415R1 (for discussion)

Data Mining:
 Logic Draft 02-07-17

Demolition and Renovation:
 5.13.1 Demolition Renovation and Control

Green Chemistry:
Proposed Workplan for Green Chemistry Control Action (posted late)

 Education and Outreach:

Comp Plan e&o Actions_work plan (Posted late)

 

Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Finalizes Comprehensive Plan for addressing PCBs in the Spokane River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2017

New comprehensive plan for the Spokane River guides actions for reducing PCBs

Spokane, WA – A positive step toward a cleaner Spokane River was quietly recorded this past December. The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (Task Force) released a comprehensive plan that identifies a variety of actions that could prevent more polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from polluting the Spokane River. PCBs are a probable human carcinogen that can build up in people and fish. The entire plan can be viewed on the Task Force website.

The plan was developed to guide projects in Idaho and Washington that will identify, reduce and eliminate PCB sources to the river. It lays out findings from several years of studies that measured the extent of PCB pollution in various sections of the river and identified sources of PCBs and how they reach the river.

PCBs remain in the environment and build up over time in fish, animals and people. The Washington Department of Health advises people to limit the amount of fish they consume from the river over many years for most species because of PCBs. That’s why finding even tiny amounts of these chemicals in the Spokane River requires action.

The plan also specifies projects and practices that, if applied, will reduce PCBs in the river. Examples include, measures to capture polluted stormwater through green building design and state-of-the-art treatment technology for industrial and municipal dischargers to filter PCBs out of their wastewater before it enters the river.

PCB control actions include, but are not limited to:

  • wastewater treatment
  • known site remediation
  • stormwater controls
  • low impact development (LID)
  • purchasing standards for products known to contain PCBs
  • support of green chemistry alternatives
  • regulatory rulemaking to reduce origin of PCBs
  • building demolition and renovation control
  • education efforts to help the public understand the scope of PCB pollution and reduction actions

The Task Force will evaluate the success of the effort by tracking project milestones and assessing effectiveness of individual actions to protect the river. The Task Force is a diverse body of stakeholders (dischargers, environmental groups, and agencies) formed in 2012 to develop a plan to bring the Spokane River into compliance with applicable water quality standards for PCBs. This plan represents conclusions reached through data collection, evolving technology, national expert consultation and deliberation among Task Force members.

Background

The Spokane River begins in northern Idaho at the outlet of Coeur d’Alene Lake and flows west 112 miles to the Columbia River. Sections of the Spokane River and Lake Spokane have been placed on Washington’s EPA-approved 303(d) list of impaired waters for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The impairments are based on concentrations of PCBs measured in fish tissue that exceeded a fish tissue equivalent concentration for applicable water quality standards.

PCBs are a man-made chemical produced for industrial use by Monsanto from the late 1930s until they were largely banned as an environmental and human health hazard in 1979. Because they resist breaking down in the environment, PCBs persist in soils, surface water, and groundwater. PCBs do not attach to water but readily attach to lipids (fats) and carbon. As a result, they accumulate in aquatic organisms and magnify in concentration as they go higher up the food chain. This means that apex consumers (such as osprey or humans) that consume fish or other aquatic organisms can accumulate large concentrations of PCBs over time, resulting in magnified health risks. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, individuals who are continually exposed to PCBs are at increased risk of developing cancer and experiencing toxic effects on bodily systems.

PCBs are still allowed when inadvertently produced, such as during the manufacture of certain pigments, inks and dyes that are then used in thousands of products. Because PCBs resist breaking down in the environment, both older, legacy PCBs and newer, inadvertent PCBs still show up in residential and industrial wastewater, stormwater, groundwater and soils and ultimately reach our waterways.
CONTACTS:

Tom Agnew, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, 509-255-6686

John Beacham, City of Post Falls, 208-777-9857

Brooke Beeler, WA Department of Ecology, 509-329-3478

Galen Buterbaugh, Lake Spokane Association, 509-465-2289

Adrienne Cronebaugh, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, 208-667-9093

Chris Donley, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife, 509-892-1001 Ext 307

Don Keil, City of Coeur d’Alene, 208-769-228

Doug Krapas, Inland Empire Paper, 509-924-1911

Greg Lahti, WA Department of Transportation, 509-324-6138

Mike LaScuola, Spokane Regional Health District, 509-324-1574

Bud Leber, Kaiser Aluminum, 509-927-6554

Dave McBride, WA Department of Health, 360-236-3176

Dave Moss, Spokane County, 509-477-7572

Mike Petersen, The Lands Council, 509-209-2408

Dan Redline, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, 208-769-1422

Elizabeth Schoedel, City of Spokane, 509-625-6232

Jerry White, Riverkeeper, 509-835-5211

 

November 16, 2016 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 pm (NOTE:  While not anticipated, if the Task Force needs more time to reach agreement on the Comprehensive Plan the meeting may go as long as 2:30pm. Please come prepared to take a break for lunch around 12:00 to get food from a nearby establishment.


Location:
Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 509-335-2277
Participant Code: 1933683

Please review all meeting documents prior to the Task Force meeting.

Meeting Documents:
– SRRTTF 11.16.16 Meeting Summary DRAFT
–  srrttf-november-16_2016-agenda_updated-call-in

 srrttf-ttwg-11-02-16_summary-notes_draft-1
 srrttf-10-26-16-summary_draft (decision item)
–  
grant-opportunities_-epa-and-ecology

Comprehensive Plan Documents:
– srrttf_compplan_nov_comments-compilation
–  comp_plan_prefinal_draft_11-09-16 (word doc) (decision item)
–  comp_plan_prefinal_draft_redline-version_-changes-since-october-26th-draft-highlighted
2015 Technical Activities Pre Final Draft Report (decision item)
– 
 srrttf_2015_technical activities report_pre final draft_11-9-2016-2
 all other 2015 Technical Activities documents (data, field report etc)

November 2, 2016 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday November 2, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Call In Number: 515-739-1285 Participant Code: 691106

Meeting Documents:
–  TTWG 11.2.16 Meeting Summary Draft
 tech-track-wg-agn-11-02-16-corrected-date
  comp_plan_schedule_draft_11-1-16 (UPDATED on 11/1/16)
  comp-plan-additional-paragraph-_-outreach-draft_10-25-16

 

September 28, 2016 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: September 28, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

Call In Number: 800-704-9804
Participant Code: 34863442#

Please review all meeting documents prior to the Task Force meeting.  All comments on the Draft Comprehensive Plan should be sent to Dave Dilks (ddilks@limno.com) by Monday September 26th, and/or participants should be prepared to discuss the Draft at the September 28th Task Force meeting.

Meeting Documents:
–  SRRTTF September 28 2016 Final meeting summary
–  
srrttf-september-28-2016-agenda_draft_2
–   srrttf-08-24-16-summary-notes_draft
 srrttf-08-10-16-summary-notes_draft
 09-07-16-ttwg-summary-notes_draft
–  srrttf_limnotech_09_28_2016 (Presentation)
–  a-spokane-visit_don-fels
 comp_plan_draft_9-15-16