The 1998 legislature passed Ch. 90.82 RCW, to set a framework for developing local solutions to watershed issues on a watershed basis. Ch. 90.82 RCW states that the legislature finds that the local development of watershed plans for managing water resources and for protecting existing water rights is vital to both state and local interests. For a full understanding and history of watershed planning visit Watershed Management, Department of Ecology.
Six Department of Ecology Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs) are within Spokane County.
The County is the lead agency for WRIA 55/57 - Little & Middle Spokane River, and WRIA 54 - Lower Spokane River. The County is a member of and actively participates in the WRIA 56 - Hangman Creek and WRIA 34 - Palouse Planning Units. The County does not currently participate in WRIA 43 - Upper Crab Creek due to the small portion of the WRIA with the County. Click on the map below to go to the respective planning units webpage.
For information regarding the Watershed Planning Process visit The Department of Ecology's Watershed Planning Website.