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Mark Solomon, IWRRI, Idaho Water Demand

Mark Solomon, Ph.D., Water Research Scientist, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute (IWRRI), University of Idaho, presented the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer Water Demand study. Mark detail the process and methodology by which Idaho purveyors file water right applications based on Reasonably Anticipated Future Needs (RAFN) as provided for by Idaho law. Download Presentation

Spokane River Instream Flow Rule Adopted 1/27/15

Chapter 173-557 WAC
Water Resources Management Program (WRMP) for the Spokane River and Spokane Valley Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer and amendment to WAC 173-555-010

Rule text for WAC 173-557 – New chapter
Rule text for WAC 173-555 (010) – Amendment

Rule Adoption

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 27, 2015. Continue reading…

The Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer

Designated as a “sole source” aquifer in 1978 by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.  ‘Sole Source” means that the aquifer is our only affordable source of drinking water in a bi-state region serving drinking water to more than 500,000 people every day.

The Spokane Aquifer Joint Board is dedicated to protecting this sole source, through our Wellhead Protection Program and through citizen education and awareness. Visit our About page to learn more about us.

Part of our wellhead protection efforts involve our participation in the Aquifer Protection Council (APC) and the Idaho Washington Aquifer Collaborative (IWAC). The APC is comprised of private and government agencies committed to protecting groundwater quality in the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer. The IWAC is a collaborative of Idaho and Washington drinking water and reclaimed water purveyors. Our organizations are working together to protect water througout the aquifer and river system, now and for generations to come.

“Don’t Pollute Our Water. It’s Beneath You!”

Follow the Adventures of Aqua Duck and the Aquifer Protection Team

Otto, Aqua Duck, Mallory and Buck

Upcoming Events

Longfellow Elementary Science Night
Starts: 5:30 pm
Ends: April 29, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Location: Longfellow Elementary, 800 E Providence Ave, Spokane, WA 99207, United States
Description: Science is awesome and fun. Aqua Duck will join in the fun of science at Longfellow.
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: May 12, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Location: Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District
Description: Idaho and Washington Water Purveyors meet for regional discussion to protect the SVRP Aquifer.
Spokane STEMposium
Starts: 8:00 am
Ends: May 27, 2015 - 2:00 pm
Location: WSU Spokane Campus
Description: Over 200 students in grades 7-12 showcase their science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects. The Spokane Aquifer Joint Board is one of many community sponsors of this regional event.