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  • To preserve and sustain the unique character of the Little Spokane River Valley, including it's open space and natural setting.
  • To maintain lower density zoning.
  • To protect the area's ecosystem including water quality, wetlands, priority habitat and wildlife, and dwindling native vegetation.
  • To encourage the development of area parks and natural areas.
  • To educate public officials of the concerns of the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley, and be pro-active when major issues are at the forefront.

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    Welcome to the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

    A River Flows Through It
    by Bart Haggin
    We are so lucky to live in the Little Spokane River Valley! It is a wild life corridor even in a fairly densely populated area which is getting even more so. It is a haven for so much of the natural world, and we love the surroundings that we constantly see there.

    But why is it so special? Land use designations have helped. Ten-twenty acre minimums on land adjacent to the river have kept it from being over run with development. There are many places on the river where it would seem that you were almost in a wilderness setting. The Ospreys and the Eagles swoop by and in recent years even River Otters have found their way here. Deer, Beavers and Muskrats are common and the variety of fish and other wildlife is ever so impressive. Over 90 species of birds reside here at various times of the year. An occasional Moose drops by.

    Perhaps a major reason for the specialness of the valley is that the river is privately controlled by the landowners who live along its banks. While it is true that the land-owners don’t “own the water” they do own the land along the river and the land under the river and thus control the use of the river as “property”. This is because The Little Spokane River has been designated a “non-navigable” river by court action. The case went all the way to the Washington State Supreme Court. This was the result of a man fencing the river and another man cutting the fence and floating his boat downstream and catching fish. The final judgment was $250 in damages for cutting the fence and $25 for each fish he caught! Big money in the old days!

    All moving water is in the public domain is navigable unless judged otherwise. It means that if there is water in the streambed of most rivers in the state the public has legal access to it and to the land adjacent to it, up to the high water mark, without the charge of trespassing. That gives wide latitude to the general public to rivers and land, up to the high water mark. The Little Spokane River finds additional protection from potential over use and misuse through state and local regulation. Since The Little Spokane River is non-navigable people who violate the space where the river runs are trespassing according to the law.

    Landowners residing along the river must respect and protect this great asset; the surrounding community surely does! I know this precious river can continue to count on its friends both within and without the local organization in the future.

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