Spokane Riverkeeper is a for-impact program of the Center For Justice dedicated to protecting and restoring the health of the Spokane River Watershed. We accomplish this by collaborating, educating, and, when necessary, litigating to preserve the Spokane River’s health now and in the future.
Spokane Riverkeeper is a vigilant guardian of the Spokane River and its watershed and an effective advocate for the restoration and preservation of the river’s ecological health and aesthetic integrity. As a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance movement, Riverkeeper’s first priority, day-to-day, is to defend the river against pollution and polluters.
Learn more about our affiliation with Waterkeeper Alliance by visiting our “Waterkeeper Alliance” page.
Here’s a video that Hamilton Studio created for us in 2011 that played before Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich introduced Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who was in town to support Spokane Riverkeeper.
The Spokane Riverkeeper program was founded in 2009, but the foundation for the program was started a half decade before that. In 2004, the Center for Justice began the Spokane River Project with three main objectives:
•To reduce the effect of human activity on the river and expedite the restoration of water quality and water quantity.
• To be a force for institutional change among local and state decision makers and industrial river users to improve stream flows and water quality.
• To educate and inspire citizens about the importance of river issues and the need for river protection.
Though the Spokane River Project has evolved in to Spokane Riverkeeper, those same core objectives continue to drive Spokane Riverkeeper today.
Thousands of hours and millions of dollars each year are spent on regulatory actions, studies, and on-the-ground actions to address Spokane River issues. Some of the most prominent and areas where Riverkeeper gets involved include:
- Aquifer use and protection
- Dam relicensing
- Enhancing and protecting fish and wildlife habitat
- Issuing permits to municipal and industrial facilities
- Cleaning up litter and hazardous waste
- Reducing persistent toxic chemicals and heavy metals
- Managing river flows
- Supporting recreational access
- Managing the shoreline
- Improving water quality
- Watershed planning