State officials track Columbia River sewage spills

SPOKANE — The Washington state Department of Ecology is tracking two sewage spills into the Columbia River.

The British Columbia environment ministry said Tuesday afternoon that a sewage pipe leak has been repaired in Trail, British Columbia, and sewage is flowing normally to a wastewater treatment plant. Trail is about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Canada border.

Ecology says the estimate of that sewage spill has been reduced to about 1.15 million gallons.

Health officials in Stevens County have rescinded their warning to be extra cautious near the river.

The Ecology Department is also working with East Wenatchee officials to determine the cause of a 500,000-gallon sewage spill into the river overnight Sunday. An operator at the city’s wastewater treatment plant discovered the spill Monday.

The plant has since returned to normal operations.

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