Washington Supreme Court upholds Spokane River water minimum

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that a state law that put a minimum on the amount of water that must flow in the Spokane River was valid. The Spokesman Review reported The Center for Environmental Policy and other environmental groups sued the state Department of Ecology, arguing that the 850 cubic feet per second minimum was both arbitrary and too low a figure to properly maintain the river and its species. Justice Barbara Madsen said in the decision that the state Department of Ecology had the authority to set the minimum and that the agency did its due diligence in coming to its final number.