Water quality issues discussed on radio

I hope many of you already know this, but in case not, I co-host a weekly public affairs radio show on Spokane’s local community radio station KYRS – Thin Air Community Radio.  “Down To Earth” is a 45-minute news, opinion and guest perspective show focusing on local, statewide and national environmental issues, and for the next three months, will be focused almost entirely on local water quality issues.

My co-host Paul Dillon is taking some time away from the radio show to fulfill some working duties in Olympia during the Legislative Session, so instead of putting the show on a hiatus or talking to myself for 45 minutes a week, I have decided to fill up a schedule with guest co-hosts.   The best part is, most of these guest co-hosts also happen to be passionate environmental law students from Gonzaga who are working on local and statewide cases of water quality importance.

This new version of “Down To Earth” radio, let’s call it DTE v3.0 will start on January 3rd.  “Down To Earth” radio is heard every Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 on KYRS, Thin Air Community Radio – 88.1 and 92.3 FM.

Here’s the upcoming schedule of shows for January.  And if you miss one and want to catch up or hear one again, “Down To Earth” is podcast each and every week.  You can find our podcast link HERE.

January 3 – Guests Rich Eichstaedt of Spokane Riverkeeper and Bruce Rawls of Spokane County will talk about the formation and operation of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force, a  collaborative effort formed to address toxics in the Spokane River.

January 10 - Kai Hushke of Envision Spokane will discuss the results of the last election, and what he thinks Spokane voters were saying about the Spokane River.

January 17 - GU law student Anjie Frazey and I will discuss a Supreme Court from Idaho involving home owners and the enforcement of the Clean Water Act.  The case has received national attention and has ENORMOUS implications for Clean Water Act enforcement procedure.

January 24 - GU law student Pilar Rodarte and I will discuss a state Supreme Court case involving a rancher in south central Washington and the State Department of Ecology and Ecology’s regulatory authority to protect non-point source pollution.  Like the Idaho wetlands case, this case will have major long-term implications for how the state of Washington addresses a major pollution threat.

January 31 – GU law student Derek Luezzi and I will discuss an issue in Coeur d’Alene where the Kootenai Environmental Alliance is suing the Army Corps of Engineers over their ruling that they are going to tear down trees on a dike on Lake Coeur d’Alene.  

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