Announcement: Spokane Green Solutions Seminar

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 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.

Media Release: Green Solutions Seminar Planned for Thursday, Oct. 24

ECOS Resolution Update

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 ECOS resolution is the most recent step in a process that began two years ago when SRRTTF members Inland Empire Paper Company along with Spokane Riverkeeper and The Lands Council wrote a letter to the EPA alerting them of the the regulatory loophole that allows PCBs to continue to be released to the environment.  

“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

On September 7, 2012 the Waterkeeper organizations sent EPA a letter in support of the ECOS resolution. EPA sent this response on October 5, 2012.

Read the Huffington Post Article, “State Environmental Heads Pass Resolution about PCBs” by Bart Mihailovich.

Signatories to the Memorandum of Agreement

Voting Members

Spokane County MOA/Spokane County SRRTTF Resolution 12-0145

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District MOA

Inland Empire Paper Company MOA

Kaiser Aluminum MOA

City of Spokane MOA/City of Spokane OPR 2012-0059

Spokane Regional Health District MOA

Washington State Department of Health MOA

Lake Spokane Association MOA

The Lands Council MOA

Spokane Riverkeeper MOA

City of Coeur d’Alene MOA

Kootenai Environmental Alliance

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Avista Letter of Support


Washington State, Represented by the Department of Ecology

Washington State Department of Ecology MOA

United States, Represented by the Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Letter of Support Page 1

EPA Letter of Support Page 2



Spokane Riverkeeper, The Lands Council, Kootenai Environmental Alliance letter to EPA re PCBs, Idaho Task Force participation and Idaho NPDES permits

“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.”

Conservation Groups PCB Letter