Little Spokane/Middle Spokane - (WRIAs
This page is being maintained as an
archive of past information and will not be updated.
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
- $47,500 – Mirror Pond Renovation and
- $110,000 – Little Spokane Water Bank Feasibility
- $25,000 – Pine River Park Monitoring Well
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
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
- Developed a Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP).
- Completed a feasibility study on enhancing water
storage by restoring wetlands or other natural
- Developed education and outreach materials and
trainings about water conservation and irrigation
- 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.
Links, publications, studies, data
Please send additions or corrections to Chris Anderson, (360) 407-6634.