SPOKANE RIVER METALS ISLAND COMPLEX

Island Complex
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SITE BACKGROUND

Contaminants from historic mining practices in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin washed downstream and settled in soil and sediment along some Spokane River beaches. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted studies of the mining contaminants in the Coeur d’Alene Basin and began a wide-spread cleanup of the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Superfund Site. As part of the EPA study and studies Ecology conducted, 9 beaches in Washington were cleaned up, including the Island Complex.

The Island Complex area is used for recreation and provides trails and access to the river from a parking lot near Exit 299 on I-90. The site covers approximately 9.5 acres and is located near river mile 95 about 1 mile west of the Idaho border. The northwest boundary is in the river, and the southeast boundary runs along the Centennial Trail and I-90.


CONTAMINATION

The mining-related contaminants include arseniccadmiumlead and zinc.


CLEANUP

Ecology completed the cleanup in 2007:

  • Erosion was reduced and contaminants isolated to limit human, wildlife, and fish exposure to metals contamination. 
  • Sections of the Spokane River bank were stabilized to minimize re-distribution of contaminants. 
  • A protective cap of soil and gravel was placed on certain trail areas and banks to prevent contact with contaminants. 
  • Trail signs or boulders were installed as path guides. 
  • A temporary irrigation system was installed along the bank of the channel for new trees and shrubs. 
  • Trees and shrubs were planted along the bank of the back channel. 
  • Existing footpaths were enhanced.
Ecology will conduct a periodic review at least every five years following site cleanup, as required by the Model Toxics Control Act. The purposes of the review are to evaluate site conditions and ensure the cleanup continues to protect human health and the environment.


 

Map showing site location as Spokane County, WA SITE INFORMATION

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Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 615198

Cleanup Site ID: 11576

Location:
Spokane, Spokane County

Status: Cleanup Complete-Active O&M/Monitoring   Get definitions of Status terminology

Contacts:
Brendan Dowling
Site Manager
(509) 329-3611

Erika Beresovoy
Public Involvement Coordinator
(509) 329-3546


Document Repositories:

Eastern Regional Office
N 4601 Monroe St
Spokane, 99205-1265
(509)329-3415