Project partners include: Avista Corporation, Ecology, The Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance, Lake Spokane Association, Stevens County Conservation District, and Spokane Conservation District.
- help protect the shoreline from erosion
- decrease the intensity of waves
- provide habitat for fish and wildlife
- increase safety by providing a gradual slope rather than a drop-off to the water
- reduce polluted run-off
- increase the aesthetic value of the property
Eric and Alycia Staggs decided their property located on the southeast corner of Lake Spokane was the perfect guinea pig for the project. Their bulkhead was failing and they were excited about making the change to a naturalized shoreline. The majority of the project was funded through Ecology’s Water Quality Program’s Direct Implementation Fund, a subset of federal grant funds dedicated sources of pollution like residential runoff and erosion. The Spokane Conservation District supplied engineering and design grant funds and the Staggs family purchased the plant material.
Spokane Conservation District was key to success of the project. Their staff provided technical assistance by working with the project engineer on the design, providing additional funding, applying for permits, and supervising construction contractors. After obtaining all the permits required, the project began in February 2013 following reservoir drawdown. The district spent four days on-site overseeing bulkhead demolition and re-grading of the shoreline, returned in the spring to plant shoreline vegetation, and later repaired erosion caused by high lake levels and rain. The homeowners used time-lapse video to show the project transformation from start to finish.
For more information on protecting clean water and natural shorelines visit: Our Living Shorelines: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/livingshorelines/index.html
Spokane River Basin: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/spokane/spokane_river_basin.htm
Spokane Conservation District: http://www.sccd.org/