Spokane River, Spokane, WA 99027

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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) studied 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 Murray Road.

The Murray Road area is used for river recreation and is accessed from a trail on East River Road. The site covers nearly 1.5 acres on the north bank of the Spokane River. It is located at river mile 94.3 about 1.7 miles west of the Idaho border.


The mining-related contaminants include arseniccadmiumlead and zinc.


Cleanup was completed in 2007:

  • Contaminants were covered with sand and gravel creating a protective cap to limit human, wildlife, and fish exposure to lead, arsenic, cadmium, and zinc.  
  • The footpath from the vehicle pull-out area to the river project area was 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


View Electronic Documents

Cleanup Site Details Report

Facility Site ID: # 615198

Cleanup Site ID: 11578

Spokane, Spokane County

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

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