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The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 100 mi (161 km) long, in northern Idaho and eastern Washington in the United States. It drains a low mountainous east of the Columbia, passing through the city of Spokane, which shares its name with the river. Heavily used for irrigation and drinking water, its watershed comprises a region of extensive farming and timber production. The lowered water levels in the river have resulted in an ongoing pollution crisis and a political struggle over its resolution. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Gem State Other U.S. States Capital Boise Largest city Boise Governor Dirk Kempthorne (R) Senators Larry Craig (R) Mike Crapo (R) Official languages none Area 216,632 km² (14th)  - Land 214,499 km²  - Water 2,133 km² (0. ... State nickname: The Evergreen State Other U.S. States Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Governor Christine Gregoire (D) Senators Patty Murray (D) Maria Cantwell (D) Official languages None Area 184,824 km² (18th)  - Land 172,587 km²  - Water 12,237 km² (6. ... Jump to: navigation, search Spokane (pronounced spō-CAN ) is the county seat of Spokane County in the State of Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search High-altitude aerial view of irrigation in the Heart of the Sahara Irrigation (in agriculture) is the replacement or supplementation of rainfall with water from another source in order to grow crops. ...

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The river rises out of Coeur d'Alene Lake in the Idaho Panhandle, draining from the northwest corner of the lake near the city of Coeur d'Alene. It flows west approximately 25 mi (40 km) into east central Washington to Spokane, where it receives the Hangman River from the south. Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (403x708, 105 KB) Description: The original caption of this picture reads, View of Spokane River in Lincoln County, showing possibility of power development. ... Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Download high resolution version (403x708, 105 KB) Description: The original caption of this picture reads, View of Spokane River in Lincoln County, showing possibility of power development. ... Lincoln County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Coeur dAlene is a city located in Kootenai County, Idaho. ...


From Spokane it flows northwest, receiving the Little Spokane River from the east approximately 10 mi northwest of the city. It flows in a zigzag course along the southern edge of the Selkirk Mountains, forming the southern boundary of the Spokane Indian Reservation, where it is impounded by the Little Falls Dam, and to form Long Lake, a 15 mi (24 km) reservoir. It joins Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake on the Columbia from the east at Miles. The site of historic Fort Spokane is located at the mouth of the river on the Columbia. The Little Spokane River is a tributary of the Spokane River, approximately 35 mi (56 km) long, in eastern Washington in the United States. ... The Selkirk Mountains are a mountain range originating in Idaho and Washington, and extending into SE British Columbia. ... Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake is the lake created by the Grand Coulee Dam. ...


Crisis on the river

Much of the river's water, particularly during the summer, comes from underground springs fed by the Spokane-Rathdrum Aquifer. The river provides drinking water for 400,000 people in the Spokane area, as well as extensive irrigation water along its course. The use of the aquifer water is so extensive that Spokane Falls, the signature natural feature of the city of Spokane, runs dry during many summers. The lowered water levels have raised the toxicity of the stream, resulting in low concentrations of dissolved oxygen and algae blooms along much of the river's lower course. Spokane Falls is the name of the water feature on the Spokane River in downtown Spokane, Washington. ... Jump to: navigation, search General Name, Symbol, Number oxygen, O, 8 Chemical series nonmetals Group, Period, Block 16, 2, p Appearance colorless Atomic mass 15. ... A seaweed (Laurencia) up close: the branches are multicellular and only about 1 mm thick. ...


In 2002 the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Superfund cleanup plan for the Spokane River-Lake Coeur d'Alene basin. In a controversial move, the Bush administration transferred control of the Idaho portion to the state of Idaho, which opposes the Superfund designation and the cleanup, partly based on its high cost and possible effect on real estate prices. Jump to: navigation, search 2002(MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... EPA redirects here. ... Checking the status of a cleanup site Superfund is the common name for the United States environmental law that is officially known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601 to 9675, which was enacted by the United States Congress on December 11... Jump to: navigation, search George Walker Bush ( July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States and a former Governor of the State of Texas. ... Real estate is a legal term that encompasses land along with anything permanently affixed to the land, such as buildings. ...


See also

This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Idaho. ... This is a list of rivers in the U.S. state of Washington. ...

External links

  • USGS: Spokane River Basin
  • Spokane River: 6th Most Endangered River of 2004

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Spokane River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (437 words)
The Spokane River is a tributary of the Columbia River, approximately 100 mi (161 km) long, in northern Idaho and eastern Washington in the United States.
The river rises out of Lake Coeur d'Alene in the Idaho Panhandle, draining from the northwest corner of the lake near the city of Coeur d'Alene.
The use of the aquifer water is so extensive that Spokane Falls, the signature natural feature of the city of Spokane, runs dry during many summers, with all the water being diverted to the Upper Falls and Lower Falls hydroelectric power plants.
Washington State Releases Plan to Repair Spokane River, Lake (1542 words)
In 2004, the Spokane River in central Washington state was declared one of the nation's 10 Most Endangered Rivers by the environmental group American Rivers.
Environmentalists have warned that cities, farmers and industry along the river have been permitted to use too much water without regard for the ecological impacts on the river, and now per capita water use in the region is among the highest in the nation.
The City of Spokane manages a stormwater drainage system that includes 300 miles of separate storm sewers that discharge directly in the Spokane River at 80 locations, 40 of which are from bridges.
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