Spokane County Environmental Services is working to restore wetlands at Saltese Flats. As part of the project, Utilities has purchased three parcels on the Flats, totaling 600 acres. These 3 parcels make up the land area called "Option B" during the completed feasibility study. We believe that restored wetlands in that area will provide benefits in several ways including:
Delaying runoff to recharge the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer to increase flow in the Spokane River during late summer months
Restoring a diverse wildlife habitat area
Providing a community resource for public access and education
Allowing for possible future application of Class A reclaimed water
The initial project includes the management of natural water flowing through the site. At this time reclaimed water is not planned to be used for the restoration project, though additions of reclaimed water in the future are possible.