Stormwater: the silent killer

Have we mentioned lately that stormwater is the number one source of pollution to the Spokane River?  It’s true, and with yesterday’s storm, I thought I’d mention it again.

When it rains, it pours. When it rains on the urban landscape as it did yesterday, it pours a toxic mixture of Valvoline, Weed-be-Gone, Miracle-Gro, tire dust, Lucky Strikes, dog poop and other crud into stormdrains then into our Spokane River and its tributaries.   This nasty cocktail, this you could say silent killer, is the epitome of that saying, “death by a thousand cuts.”  And that’s no exaggeration.  Each year in the US, fuel from non point source spills equal the 11 million gallon EXXON Valdez spill in 1989.  So you see, stormwater really is a pressing issue.  Which is why we set up a separate page on the Riverkeeper website to discuss it.  Check it out at


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