The Spokane River Forum facilitates an advisory group that helps us track recommended projects in the water improvement plan. These recommendations reduce nutrients and improve oxygen levels in the river and lake.
What’s being done?
- Conservation and environmental groups work directly with landowners to reduce runoff from forestry and agriculture practices. Spokane County's Nonpoint Source Phosphorus Reduction Plan recommends many of these actions.
- Avista completed a Dissolved Oxygen Water Quality Attainment Plan that outlines activities that will help improve oxygen in Lake Spokane.
- Spokane adopted an Integrated Clean Water Plan that helps prioritize projects for managing stormwater and wastewater.
- Cities and industries that release wastewater into the river submit annual monitoring reports on the river's water quality.
- The five wastewater facilities will upgrade treatment technology and meet strict phosphorus limitations outlined in the water quality improvement plan by 2021.
Our PCB Source Assessment Study
provides the foundation for a strategy that identifies and reduces PCBs at their source in the river basin.
The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force
leads efforts to identify and reduce sources of PCBs to the river. The task force's comprehensive plan
resulted from several years of studies that measured the extent of PCB pollution. The plan contains more than 25 projects and practices that, when implemented, will prevent PCBs from reaching the river.
We evaluate the work of the task force to see how well the innovative approach works. If the task force doesn't make measureable progress
then we're obligated to take other measures and may pursue a different approach.
Our Toxics Cleanup Program
works with parties responsible for pollution and the surrounding community to address contaminated sites along the Spokane River.
PCB cleanup sites
Metals cleanup sites