Spokane County Conservation District Little Spokane
The Spokane County Conservation District (SCCD) is currently completing
a number of water quality and quantity studies on the Little Spokane
River. A summary of the studies is provided below.
As a result of recent land development within the Little Deep Creek
and Deadman Creek sub-basins, the SCCD is currently evaluating the
nitrogen levels in Little Deep Creek and Deadman Creek. Sampling
began January 2001 and continued through September 2002. Currently
the final report is being prepared.
Macro Invertebrate Sampling
Benthic macro invertebrate samples were collected from the fall
2000 through the 2002 fall. The samples were collected from approximately
25 sites within WRIA 55 and identified by Dr. Lang of the Eastern
Washington University Biology Department. Sampling follows the Washington
State Department of Ecology protocols developed by Rob Plotnikoff.
Currently a report is being prepared on the data collected during
the 2002 summer.
The SCCD operates five stream flow-monitoring stations within WRIA
55. All stations were installed September 1999 and record stream
depth and water temperature at one-hour intervals. Water depths
will be converted to mean daily stream depths followed by mean daily
stream flows. SCCD is currently compiling the 2001 water year’s
stream flow data. The stations monitored are:
||Little Spokane River, Scotia Rd. near Newport
||Otter Cr., Elk to Hwy Rd. near Elk
||Little Spokane River, Deer Park-Milan Rd. near
||Dragoon Cr., Crescent Rd., Chattaroy
||Deadman Cr., 15628 N. Little Spokane Dr. Spokane
Riparian Area Study
The SCCD is conducting a study of riparian area along the Little
Spokane River. The study will be inventorying wetlands, evaluating
their current area and by comparing current data with historical
data an evaluation of riparian area lost will conducted. The wetlands
inventory was conducted during the summer of 2002. A GIS layer is
being created and a reporting will be completed in April 2003.
210 N. Havana
Spokane, Washington 99202