Drought

SPR Reporter and regional Morning Edition Host Steve Jackson moderated a special community forum about the state of our region's water supply on Thursday Sep. 24 at the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers.

Questions were fielded by the following panelists:

  • Guy Gregory, Washington Dept. of Ecology Water Resources Program
  • Rob Lindsay, Spokane County Water Resources Manager
  • Rachael Paschal Osborn, Center for Environmental Law Senior Policy Adviser
  • Rick Romero, City of Spokane Utilities Director
  • Jon Snyder, Spokane City Councilman

Judging by some of the most pessimistic reports from California these days, the place is doomed. You can read all about the folly of trying to build cities in a desert.

Just this week, economists at the University of California, Davis, estimated that water shortages will cost the state's economy $2.7 billion this year. Many farmers are limiting the economic damage by ransacking the environment instead, draining underground aquifers.

Mt. Hood’s Timberline Resort is the only place offering a full summer ski season in North America. But not this year. The resort closed to the public on August 2 -- five weeks earlier than normal. And that’s after a dismal winter ski season.

Spokane River
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Some environmentalists are urging Spokane residents to conserve water this summer, in an effort to help the Spokane River. At a location along the river called “Three Springs,” water conservation advocates made their case for a public effort to slow down on their water use.

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