Litter Clean-up

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We clean-up litter on foot and by boat along the Spokane River thanks to generous grants from the Washington Department of Ecology, Spokane County Correctional Facility, and the City of Spokane.  If your group wants to join us, contact us.    We provide the bags, garbage pickers, and disposal, you provide the people power!  It’s a fun way to enjoy and give back to the Spokane River. 

A Year of Spokane Riverkeeper Litter Clean-Up:

29 events, 150 hours, 137 volunteers, 483 volunteer hours, 4740 pounds of garbage

Toxic pollution

The Spokane River contains high levels of toxics, such as PCBs, which make our fish unsafe to eat.  We sit on the Spokane Regional Toxics Task Force where we advocate for reductions in PCBs and other pollutants.  We review and comment on discharge permits, holding regulators and dischargers accountable for what they put in the river.  This work is essential for keeping the Spokane River “Swimmable and Fishable”.

Education and outreach

We educate people of all ages about the issues the Spokane River watershed faces.  We’d love to come and speak to your group or class about the River!  Contact us to schedule a time.  Look for our booth at local river and environmental events.  Don’t miss the Wild and Scenic Film Festival held every April at the Garland Theater.     

water quality

Hangman Creek (also known as Latah Creek) is one of the most polluted waterways in Washington State, with sediment, fertilizer, and high temperatures, clogging its waters and dumping pollution into the Spokane River.  We monitor water quality, advocate for clean water, and report pollution problems. 

2016 Water Quality Report Card

2015 Water Quality Report Card

Summer 2017 Hangman Creek Temperature Report (for Western Native Trout Initiative)

Summer 2018 Spokane River Temperature Report

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Trains carrying oil and coal rumble through Spokane each day, posing a great threat to our River and safety.  The Spokane Riverkeeper holds railways accountable for the pollution that enters our waterways through uncovered coal transport.  We work to keep our city and river safe from the dangers of oil transport.