Spokane River Forum Enews Update
August 25, 2016       
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Sullivan Bridge Water Trail access on track for this year

The City of Spokane Valley expects to complete the Sullivan Road Bridge Replacement project this fall. With that comes water trail and riparian restoration projects sure to delight area families and river users. From the outset, the City has worked hard to complete designs and partnerships to not only remove and replace an old deteriorating bridge, but improve Sullivan Park. Read More
Private boat launch in Spokane Valley raises concerns

This picture shows a private boat launch being constructed on the Spokane River at South Riverway in Spokane Valley. Located on the south side of the river just upstream of the City of Millwood, it's a great deal for people owning one of the 110 private land parcels that would be allowed to access this ramp. For the environment and other people, the benefits are less clear and the project comes with community concerns. Said Jerry White with Spokane Riverkeeper, "People from Millwood and other parts of that area have called us with safety, environmental, noise and other concerns if motorized traffic increases." Read More
Holcim Cleanup Work

Through November, Washington Department of Ecology is overseeing cleanup at the former Holcim cement plant in Spokane Valley across the river from Plantes Ferry Park. Cement was manufactured at the site from 1910 to 1967. Although the plant and associated buildings are gone, a legacy of cement kiln dust laced with arsenic, cadmium, lead and other contaminants that exceed state standards are in the soil. Click here for WDOE informational flyer.

The adjacent Centennial Trail and river are safe to use. The cleanup will result in native grasses being planted and the lands now owned by Spokane Valley being available for public use. During cleanup, the public should not enter the fenced cleanup area. For questions, contact Erika Bronson at erika.bronson@ecy.wa.gov.

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