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Local Source Control - Urban Waters Initiative

Spokane Waste Directory

Local Source Control Program

The Spokane River flows 112 miles from Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho to Lake Roosevelt in Washington. It flows past a half-million people – through cities, farms, and industrial areas. Hazardous substances, including PCBs, PBDEs (flame retardants), dioxins, furans, and metals, have been found at harmful levels in the fish tissue, water, and sediment in the river. In 2007, the Washington State Legislature funded the Urban Waters Initiative to protect vulnerable water bodies including the Spokane River. In 2008, the Department of Ecology issued grants to 14 cities and counties to implement the Local Source Control Program to provide pollution prevention technical assistance to small businesses. Since then, the program has been very successful and has been expanded to include a current total of 20 partner jurisdictions in the state.

The goal of the program is to identify and control contaminants entering wastewater, groundwater and stormwater at the source. The Spokane Regional Health District currently has one local source control specialist assigned to the project who works with Ecology’s Urban Waters specialists to sample stormwater and sewer systems to determine the source and levels of contaminants affecting the river watershed.

Technical assistance visits are offered without charge to small quantity generators of hazardous waste including businesses, schools, and government entities to prevent pollution. Waste handling practices are evaluated for regulatory compliance and to offer new and best management practices for improvement.

The following practices are evaluated by specialists during business visits:

  • Generation and pretreatment of wastewater
  • Management of wash water
  • Waste disposal and recycling
  • Spill prevention
  • Outdoor maintenance practices
  • Outdoor storage practices for products and waste
  • Fueling operations

Regulations:

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Spokane River Contacts:

  • Spokane Regional Health District
    Vikki Barthels, Local Source Control Specialist
    (509) 324-1475
    vbarthels@srhd.org
  • Spokane Regional Health District
    Joani Havens, Local Source Control Specialist
    (509) 324-1459
    jhavens@srhd.org
     
  • Department of Ecology
    Ted Hamlin, Urban Water Inspector, Water Quality Program
    (509) 329-3573
    tham461@ecy.wa.gov
  • Department of Ecology
    Jeremy Ryf, Urban Waters Inspector, Hazardous Waste Program
    (509) 329-3498
     jryf461@ecy.wa.gov 
     
  • Department of Ecology
    Brendan Dowling, Hydrologist, Toxic Cleanup Program
    (509) 329-3611
    bdow461@ecy.wa.gov
     

 

 

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