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Watershed Management

Little Spokane/Middle Spokane - (WRIAs 55/57)

This page is being maintained as an archive of past information and will not be updated.

link to WRIA 62 link to WRIA 59 link to WRIA 54 link to WRIA 57 link to all WRIAs WRIA 55, Little Spokane


WRIA 57, Middle spokane










Grant funds expended and/or projected through June 2015


Approved Project and Phase 4 grants July 2013 - June 2015

  • $62,500, $230,000 – USGS Study of the Little Spokane
  • $47,500 – Mirror Pond Renovation and Conservation
  • $110,000 – Little Spokane Water Bank Feasibility
  • $25,000 – Pine River Park Monitoring Well Installation
  • STATUS – January 2014  The Little Spokane watershed planning group continues to be very active in implementing high priority elements of their Detailed Implementation Plan.  The group continues to be qualified for Phase 4 implementation funding and has been awarded project implementation grants under the watershed planning funding allocation.

    Watershed Planning in this watershed is part of a dual watershed planning area with the Middle Spokane Watershed, WRIA 57.  Members of the planning group operate under a formal Memorandum of Agreement.  In order to increase planning efficiencies, the Little/Middle Spokane group has also been coordinating with WRIA 56 – Hangman Creek Watershed in a Joint Watershed Implementation Team (WIT).  In addition, this joint WIT has been cooperating and coordinating with WRIA 54 on some projects and implementation activities.  WRIA 54 and the 55/57/56 WIT are in the final stages of developing a joint operating agreement for the three groups (four watersheds) to increase efficiency and effectiveness through shared administration and coordinated project implementation.

Instream flow status

On January 27, 2015 Director Maia Bellon signed a new instream flow rule for the Spokane River and Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer for the benefit of the community and the river.  The rule goes into effect February 26, 2015.


The boards of county commissioners from Spokane, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties adopted the final WRIA 55/57 Watershed Plan in joint session in January 2006.  The planning group approved the Phase 4 detailed implementation plan in February 2008.  Since plan adoption, the group has:

  • Continued work on instream flow assessment and recommendations.
  • Developed a Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP).
  • Completed a feasibility study on enhancing water storage by restoring wetlands or other natural impoundments.
  • Developed education and outreach materials and trainings about water conservation and irrigation efficiencies.
  • Conducted numerous studies and implemented many high priority projects from their Detailed Implementation Plan, such as riparian restoration projects, lake management, water availability analysis, groundwater studies, etc.

Planning Documents

Links, publications, studies, data

Please send additions or corrections to Chris Anderson, (360) 407-6634.


Plan Website - Spokane Basin Watershed Planning,WRIAs 55 & 57, Middle and Little Spokane Rivers

WRIA 55-57 Status

Spokane River Basin