Courtesy of Silver Valley Community Resource Center

Earth Day will be formally celebrated on Thursday, April 22.

Three Inland Northwest environmental groups that share a common focus are combining their efforts to sponsor an early celebration.

U.S. Appeals Court Rules on Columbia River Pollution Case

Sep 14, 2018
Washington Department of Ecology

A federal appeals court today [Friday] upheld a lower court ruling in a case that revolves around metals pollution in the Columbia River south of the Canadian border.

The case was originally brought in 2004 by Colville Tribal leaders Joe Pakootas and D.R. Michel against the Canadian company Teck Cominco.

Cleanup Work Resumes in Idaho's Silver Valley

May 17, 2017
Idaho Public TV

Cleanup work is getting underway again in the areas contaminated by mining waste in north Idaho’s Silver Valley. Bad weather forced a delay in some of those projects this spring. The people leading the cleanup work held a briefing for reporters Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene.

The Washington State House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee took testimony Tuesday on efforts to regulate small scale mining operations

Washington State is one place where small scale mining operations can use suction dredging with few limitations. That’s a process that uses an underground vacuum cleaner to suck up stream bed material and separates gold out from that gravel.

Hecla To Pay Fine Over Problems At Idaho Mine

Jun 1, 2015

The Hecla Mining Company of Coeur d' Alene has agreed to pay a large fine and to fix runoff leakage from its  Lucky Friday silver mine in the Silver Valley of Idaho.

Coeur d'Alene
Coeur d'Alene

Federal officials are poised to begin more clean-up of mining contamination in Northern  Idaho this summer. The US Environmental Protection Agency has a budget of $35 million for clean up this summer of heavy metals in areas impacted by a century of mining. 

River Remediation Paid Off on Small Idaho Stream

Apr 20, 2015

A story of the death - and re-birth - of a small Idaho mountain stream has been recorded in meticulous notes jotted down over 20 years by a federal biologist. After years of being fouled by poisonous waste leached out of the old Blackbird mine near Salmon Idaho, Panther Creek was virtually dead through the 1960s and 1980s.

Miners, Conservationists Tussle Over Old Mine

Mar 23, 2015

Conservationists and an Indian tribe are gearing up for a new round of battles over an old gold mine in the heart of Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The Nez Perce Tribe and five Idaho conservation groups have filed a formal objection to the US Forest Service's approval of a four-mile long road to be carved out in the back country to allow access to an old mining tunnel.