Category Archives: Environment

Smoky Downtown Spokane Traffic

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(Young Kwak)

Vehicles heading north on N. Division St. cross E. Main Ave. as pedestrians walk by in Spokane, WA this evening. Regional wildfires have resulted in an air quality index of “very unhealthy” for the city.

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Smoky Spokane Tree Line

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(Young Kwak)

Here’s the smoky view north of the tree line in the Kendall Yards and West Central neighborhoods from the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, WA.

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PFOA/PFOS Contaminated Water Wells

Here are photos from last Thursday for the Inlander’s story about how perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) from Fairchild Air Force Base contaminated water wells in the neighborhood immediately to the east of the base in Spokane County, Wash. The base used firefighting foam containing PFOA and PFOS from 1970-2016. https://www.inlander.com/spokane/dont-drink-the-water/Content?oid=4133868

Fairchild Water Contamination

Julie Dibble turns on a well water access, which she can’t use due to contamination from Fairchild Air Force Base, on land owned by her and her family on W. Thorpe Rd., in Spokane County, Wash., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in firefighting foam has been found in water wells on the base and some areas nearby. The well in the photograph, one of two used on the property, was tested to contain 440 parts per trillion of PFOA and PFOS. 70 parts per trillion is considered the threshold for a combination of both contaminants to be a hazard to human health, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Air Force is currently delivering bottled water to those affected including Dibble and her family. (Young Kwak/The Inlander)

Fairchild Water Contamination

Barb Collins speaks near some water bottles delivered by the U.S. Air Force, at her house on W. Thorpe Rd. due to contamination of her water well from Fairchild Air Force Base, in Spokane County, Wash., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in firefighting foam has been found in water wells on the base and some areas nearby. The U.S. Air Force is currently delivering bottled water to those affected, including Collins. (Young Kwak/The Inlander)

Rosalia Electric Vehicle Charging Station

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Mayor Nanette Konishi poses for a photograph with a 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Energi, owned by resident Lawrence Ordoins, at the Rosalia, Wash. welcome center where Avista Utilities will install two electric vehicle charging units, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (Young Kwak for Saga City Media)

In this photo for Cityvision magazine, Rosalia Mayor Nanette Konishi poses for a photograph, back in September, with a 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Energi, owned by a local resident. Avista Utilities will install two electric vehicle charging units at the town’s welcome center. https://www.awcnet.org/Portals/0/Documents/Publications/Cityvision/2016/Cityvision0916.pdf. The story is on page 18.

Dylan Stiegemeier

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Photo caption: Give Guide cover. Issue date: Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Editorial Designer: Derek Harrison. Photographer: Young Kwak. The Theodores founder Dylan Stiegemeier poses for a photograph with his 7 month old daughter Louisa at the Spokane River near their Post Falls, Idaho home.

Here’s a photo for the Inlander’s give guide issue this week of Dylan Stiegemeier, winner of the Inlander’s Peirone Prize for his conservation based organization The Theodores, and his 7 month old daughter Louisa at the Spokane River near their Post Falls, Idaho home. http://www.inlander.com/spokane/dylan-stiegemeier/Content?oid=2866061

Reforest Spokane Day Photo

Ken Delanoy places a sitka alder into a hole during Reforest Spokane Day near S. Valley Chapel Rd. and Hangman Creek in Spokane County, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

Ken Delanoy places a sitka alder into a hole during Reforest Spokane Day near S. Valley Chapel Rd. and Hangman Creek in Spokane County, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. (Young Kwak/Pacific Northwest Inlander)

I covered one of the Lands Council’s Reforest Spokane Day sites for The Inlander today. Over 60 volunteers planted about 200 hundred trees at the site I photographed. To see more photos, go to http://www.inlander.com/Bloglander/archives/2014/10/25/photos-from-reforest-spokane-day