EnviroStars teams up with area dentists
It may come as a surprise to many, but dentists are responsible for keeping more than our teeth healthy. Our river, too, depends on them to employ safe business practices. According to the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies, dental clinics are the single greatest cause of mercury in waste water treatment plants. They represent 40% of the total, or over three times the next highest contributor. Why? Because amalgam fillings, often referred to as "silver fillings" for their color, contain 50% liquid mercury.
With a grant from the Washington Department of Ecology, Spokane EnviroStars is working to certify dentists who are properly maintaining amalgam separators to keep mercury out of our wastewater stream. Read more.
Do fish have a water right?
Instream flow (the amount of water flowing past a point in the river at a given time) is a regulatory term people in the Coeur d'Alene-Spokane corridor may come to know quite well.
Actions currently being considered by Washington State could affect future water right decisions in the Spokane-Rathdrum aquifer in both Idaho and Washington for years to come. Some may argue this could impede business development and growth, while others may argue such actions place a much needed cultural value to the community's "Near Nature, Near Perfect" signature.
Agency representatives are presenting their recommendations on Wednesday, September 19th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Spokane County's Water Resources Center, N. 1004 Freya, Spokane, WA. Read more.
Paddle Board demo day in Spokane
It looks as though paddle boards are here to stay. Sightings on our Meet Me at the River trips have become more and more common.
Hemel Board Company from Seattle is offering free demos and lessons this Saturday.
Date: September 22nd
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Boulder Beach