Registration open for the Spokane Green Solutions Seminar on Oct. 24 You’re invited to join a discussion of green infrastructure, sustainable site design, & stormwater management. Learn why this is important, see examples from around the community, and get practical tips on how to incorporate these ideas in projects. Cost is $40. Register at http://spokanegreensolutions.brownpapertickets.com/. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Riverkeeper.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spokane City Hall
Location: Council Chambers, Lower Level,
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Organizing Committee: Spokane Riverkeeper, AHBL, URS, Spokane River Forum, Spokane County Conservation District, Spokane County, Spokane Parks Department, Community Volunteers, and City of Spokane.
On August 28th, during their annual conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), which is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders, passed a resolution addressed to the EPA that laid out several points about how to best address levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in wastewater discharges to our nation’s waterbodies.
“The passage of the resolution was really a significant event,” said Ted Sturdevant the director of the Washington State Department of Ecology. “State environmental regulators heard the exact same message from industry, academia and the environmental community — we need to turn off the faucet that is allowing this pollution stream to continue. That allowed a very diverse gathering of states to agree to a strong statement calling for a national solution. The states are fed up with trying to solve pollution problems at the end of the pipe, when the solutions are best found through prevention at the national level. It’s why ECOS has called for comprehensive reform of the federal law governing toxic substances, and why we’ll keep pushing at the national level, and within our own states, until we get there.” Ted Sturdevant, Director, Washington State
“This letter is sent on behalf of the Spokane Riverkeeper, The Lands Council, and the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (“Conservation Groups”) in response to your March 29, 2012 letter to Sarah Hubbard-Gray regarding conditions to address PCBs that will be included in the NPDES permits for Spokane River dischargers in the State of Idaho.”