Water Quality In Spokane


Although the EPA regulates pollutants in Washington’s water, there are still a lot of contaminants that pollute Spokane’s water sources. In fact, Spokane has embarked on a $340 million effort to help clean up the water quality in Spokane. Read on to learn more.


How does the EPA regulate pollutants?

The Clean Water Act of 1972 is a U.S. federal law that regulates the discharge of pollutants into the nation’s surface waters, including lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and coastal areas.

This law has been amended several times, and one of the amendments proposed and accepted by both Canada and the US is the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This agreement requires the EPA to establish water quality criteria for the Great Lakes. It addresses 29 toxic pollutants with maximum levels that are safe for humans, wildlife, and aquatic life. Not only does the EPA have to address the pollutant problem, they also have to implement this criteria on a specific schedule (EPA). Of the 29 toxic pollutants listed in the Great Lakes amendment, phosphorus and PCB are included.

The Water Quality Agreement extended its water quality criteria to Washington State. According to the Federal Register’s Rules and Regulations, dischargers of PCBs in certain states and jurisdictions are subject to the National Toxics Rule (NTR). These states include Alaska, District of Columbia, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington (EPA).


Spokesman Review Coverage

According to a recent Spokesman Review article, “the city of Spokane has embarked on a $340 million effort to reduce toxins and phosphorus in the river.” This effort includes construction of massive underground storm-water tanks to keep untreated sewage from reaching the river, as well as new technology at the city’s wastewater treatment plant to remove polychlorinated biphenyls – or PCBs – and other chemicals” (Kramer).

Spokane and its vicinity are working on reducing toxins in waterways, in the meantime with contamination issues in the forefront of the local news there are easy-access ways to reduce your households water contaminates directly with systems such as a reverse osmosis filtration and whole-house water filtration systems.
To learn more, please call 509-381-7818 or schedule your FREE in-home water test here.


Works Cited

Environmental Protection Agency. “Rules and Regulations,” Federal Register, Vol. 64, No. 216, 9 Nov. 1999. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1999-11-09/pdf/99-25559.pdf Accessed 13 Nov. 2019.

Kramer, Becky. The Spokesman-Review. “Trump administration will review pollution rules affecting Spokane River,” 26 Aug. 2018, https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/aug/26/trump-administration-will-review-pollution-rules-a/. Accessed 25 Oct. 2019.

United States Environmental Protection Agency. History of the Clean Water Act, 8 Aug. 2017, https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/history-clean-water-act. Accessed 25 Oct. 2019.

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