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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…

Steve Robischon, Executive Director PBAC

Steve Robischon, Executive Director Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee was the guest speaker at the Idaho Washington Aquifer Collaborative on 12/9/14.

The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee (PBAC) was formed in 1967 because of declining groundwater levels in municipal wells. The Palouse groundwater basin is the sole source of water for over 50,000 residents of Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID and outlying areas in both Whitman County (WA) and Latah County (ID). PBAC is a multi-jurisdictional, cooperative group with the mission of ensuring a safe and sustainable supply of water for the future.  Download PDF Slides 1-40   Slides 41-80 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.

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Upcoming Events

IWAC
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: March 10, 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.
SAJB Meeting
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: March 26, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Location: Spokane County Water District # 3 Located at 1225 N. Yardley Street, Spokane, WA 99212
Description: 21 Water Districts meet on the 4th Thursday of the month to collaborate on projects and studies that protect our aquifer and drinking water.
IWAC
Starts: 1:30 pm
Ends: April 14, 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.