RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Water Quality Improvement Projects
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The Spokane River is one of the most prominent features in Spokane, Washington. Protecting the river is of great economic importance to the people of Spokane and the surrounding area as its recreational and aesthetic values encourage tourism and create a very desirable place to live. The river also has six dams generating hydroelectric power.
Underneath the river lies the Spokane Valley – Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for over 400,000 people in the region. In some places the aquifer discharges into the Spokane River, and in other locations the river discharges into the aquifer. The Spokane Aquifer Joint Board’s web page provides more information about the aquifer.
To address these water quality issues the Department of Ecology (Ecology) is establishing water quality improvement projects (also know as a Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL) in several areas in the watershed. A water quality improvement project is a public process in which local organizations and citizens develop actions designed to reduce pollution and bring a water body back to a healthy condition.
Surf the watersheds listed below at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) web site:
Spokane River web site
A "one-stop" page to make it easier to find information about the Spokane River, the many projects and activities taking place and the agencies and organizations involved.
Environmental improvements on the Spokane River (Ecology Publication)
Keeping Pollutants out of Urban Waters (Ecology water quality story)
Turbid Runoff and the Railroad (Ecology water quality story)
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