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Bart Mihailovich
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Bart defends the Spokane River from pollution and advocates for clean water protection as the Spokane Riverkeeper. Spokane Riverkeeper is a licensed member of Waterkeeper Alliance, the fastest growing environmental movement in the world, with 200 Keepers worldwide. Bart was hired as Riverkeeper in 2010 after five years of operating “Down To Earth”, an environmental news blog and website in Spokane. Bart brought his experience as a skilled communicator and social media organizer to Riverkeeper, creating a strong blog, “A Living River”, a strong social media presence, and has continued a public affairs radio show that he has done on local community radio for over three years. Born and raised in Butte, Montana, Bart has always been around rivers, and from a young age cultivated a sense of ecological and social justice in relation to clean water. Bart holds a bachelors degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University.

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When a Public Hearing Isn't for the Public; Oil Train Hearing in Spokane, WA Leaves Public Frustrated

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 7:19 PM

Earlier this week, members of the Washington State Senate's Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on oil trains and oil transport safety in Spokane, WA in the Spokane City Council chambers at Spokane City Hall. The hearing was organized by Senators Mike Baumgartner...

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The Inland Northwest Fight to Avoid Becoming the Next Bomb Train Story

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 4:17 PM

This post was co-written with Matt Krogh, Tar Sands SOS Campaign Director for ForestEthics

When it comes to crude by rail, "If we don't have the body count to justify the cost of the rule vs the benefit, DOT hasn't been getting rules through." That's according...

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Maybe It Was the Mistletoe: Huge Settlement in Lawsuit Over Dirty Stormwater Pollution

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2013 | 3:36 PM

This post was written in collaboration with Columbia Riverkeeper.

Was it the holiday spirit of reconciliation? Or did everyone just spend too much time lingering under the mistletoe? In the end, we'll never know what brought a close to the long-running effort by community groups to force one...

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Moving Crude Oil-by-Rail: Impacts to Spokane and Beyond

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:02 PM

This post was co-written with Matt Krogh, Tar Sands SOS Campaign Director for ForestEthics

It's amazing to think of the railroad legacy of Spokane, Washington and to see it all come to this; a means to a very dirty, costly, dangerous, unhealthy and climate-cooking end.

On December 11th,...

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Waterkeepers Washington Celebrate Clean Water Act 40 and D.C. Rally

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:51 AM

Additional writing by Brett VandenHeuvel, Matt Krogh and Chris Wilke

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, an historic piece of legislation that turned the tide on our polluted waterways and began to hold big polluters accountable for their actions and impacts on the health...

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State Environmental Agency Heads Pass Resolution About PCBs

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 11:44 AM

Last week during their annual conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), which is the national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders, passed a resolution addressed to the EPA that laid out several points about how to best address...

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Fish Consumption Rate

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 7:07 PM

Additional writing by Brett VandenHeuvel, Matt Krogh and Chris Wilke

Washington State may be called the Evergreen State, but the state's rich heritage of fish and shellfish is critical to our economy, culture and health. From tribal subsistence fishing in Eastern Washington to a thriving shellfish industry in Puget Sound;...

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Waterkeepers Washington File Amicus Brief in State Supreme Court Case Over Non-Point Source Water Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 12:14 PM

A case that could seriously alter the Washington State Department of Ecology's ability to address non-point source pollution under State law has us standing strong behind our state's regulatory agency.

At issue is Joseph Lemire, 68, a cattle rancher near Dayton, WA and a 2009 order from the Department of...

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