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September 8, 2014      
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Volunteers needed for Upriver Scrub, Spokane River Cleanup  


The Fifth Annual Upriver Scrub is taking place Saturday, September 27th. Starting at 9:30 a.m., volunteers will help with Spokane River cleanup from Stateline to Mirabeau Park.

Click here to register and get further information. To assure there are enough supplies and support, registration is required. And registrants will be entered into a raffle from REI to win an Outdoor Fun Package that includes camp chairs, festival mini bar and more valued at over $200!!


Meet up locations include Stateline, Harvard Road, Barker Road and Mirabeau Park. Whitewater club members will be on the water cleaning sections of the shore while land-based volunteers will work the shoreline from various meet up spots. Read More. 

EnviroStars certified Bill's Auto Parts builds on rich recycling legacy     


Recycling is nothing new for Steve Spalding, owner of Bill's Auto Parts. As he puts it, "Auto recyclers were the original recyclers. Even before aluminum cans, as far back as the early 1900s, wrecking yards were selling car parts for reuse."


Over a century later, the industry continues to thrive on practicality. Bill's Auto Parts is good for the environment, good for the economy and good for the community-a self-sustaining business model that keeps everything from gears to tires to mercury switches out of our dumps and waterways.


Spokane Envirostars is proud to recognize the certification of Bill's Auto Parts, the only certified auto parts recycler in the state. EnviroStars is a voluntary program that certifies businesses for properly disposing of hazardous waste and reducing their waste stream. Said Spalding, "For us it just made sense, we already met a lot of the qualifications and we want people to know this industry is doing the right thing." Read More.

Spokane River Forum hits the water with Project Hope


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. The paddle was an opportunity for our nonprofits to learn from one another as we both work to improve the place we all live, work and play.


Tonilee Hanson of Spokane EnviroStars and Ellie Key of the Department of Ecology led the educational portion of tour, and Spokane Parks and Recreation provided boats, guides and transportation. We took off in a van from West Central for our put-in just below the Upriver Dam. Read More. 

November 18
Coeur d'Alene Lake Our Gem Symposium

November 19 - 20
Spokane River Forum Conference

Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene Idaho

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