Spokane River, Spokane, WA 99027

Looking from the river south up the ravine
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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) 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 Barker Road South.

The Barker Road Bridge South site is located north of I-90 via exit 293 and lies immediately south and east of the Barker Road Bridge in Spokane Valley. 


The mining-related contaminants include arseniccadmiumlead and zinc.

Looking east from near the Barker Road Bridge (ravine on right)
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Ecology planned to build a fence around the Barker Road South site near the Centennial Trail. The fence would have prevented access to contaminated soil at the bottom of the ravine along the Spokane River bank in this area. 

During a public comment period held August 10 through September 9, 2009, local residents and river users expressed concerns about the fencing in the site. Concerns included river access, safety and questions about the proposed fence at the site. The original schedule for Barker Road South was anticipated to begin after the Barker Road North bridge construction was completed. The bridge was undergoing construction, and delays in the bridge project would complicate river access if Ecology’s project continued at the same time.

Ecology re-evaluated the proposed Barker Road South cleanup in 2013 and decided to install a sign warning users about the contamination.

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: 11588

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