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    Welcome to the Friends of the Little Spokane River Valley

    Inland Northwest Geology
    By Harla Jean Biever





    Geologists tell us that millions of years ago our area underwent a scourging by fire. All along the border of North Idaho and Eastern Washington time after time the earth’s surface opened in giant crevices and out of its core flowed molten lava that traveled in a southwesterly pattern across the state of Washington.



    Evidence of this lava flow exists all around us with huge outcroppings of basalt, the channeled scab land to the west of us, distinct layers along the Spokane River, columnar basalt and uses of basalt in landscaping and building foundations.



    The next big geologic event was the Cataclysmic Ice Age Floods some 12,000 to 17,000 years ago. J. Harlen Bretz was the first to put forth the theory of this flood; for more than four decades he defended his theories on the flood before they were generally accepted by the scientific community. In 1922 he began his field research in the Channeled Scablands of central Washington and through his research Bretz was confident that a flood had occurred. In 1930 Joseph Pardee viewed giant ripple marks left on the lake bottom sediments of Glacial Lake Missoula and deduced that they could only have formed by powerful currents that flowed over the bottom of the lake.



    Looking back over the decades following the Bretz and Pardee theories scientists have put together the events of this monster flooding. Glacial Lake Missoula lay in a bowl where Missoula, Montana sits today. The ice was over 2000 feet thick and extended west and north along what we know as the Clark Fork River to the spot where that river empties into Lake Pend Oreille.



    As the earth warmed the ice plug burst open and massive amounts of water came shooting out at the rate of 10 times the combined flow of all the rivers in the world. It traveled south and turned west at Coeur d’Alene and came raging down the Spokane River Valley, then spread over the land to the south and west of Spokane repeating this pattern over and over again.



    Giant icebergs traveling on the flood waters carried rocks from western Montana to central Washington and even as far as the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Along this course glacial moraine formed deposits of sand, gravel, river rock and giant boulders. Twenty-five lakes in Spokane County were gouged out.



    Two important results of this flood impact our area every day. One is the Spokane Valley-Rathrdrum Prairie Aquifer traveling though sand and gravel laid down during the flood. The aquifer lies 50-300 feet beneath the soil, covering an area of more than 325 square miles, extending from the southern part of Lake Pend Oreille to the Little Spokane River. It is the designated a sole source aquifer, with a never ending supply of clean water to Spokane, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene.



    The second benefit is the rich volcanic-laced soil that was carried along with the flood waters, deposited south and west of Spokane and blown about by the winds into gentle rolling hills. This soil called loess provides the base for one of the richest soft white wheat producing areas in the world..our Palouse Country. This is additional information provided by: Reanette Boese Spokane County Utilities Water Resources.



    Most of the flood water from these glacier generated floods, or jökulhlaups, flowed down the Rathdrum Prairie, through the Spokane Valley east of Spokane, and north through the Hillyard trough to the southern portion of the Little Spokane River valley. Some of the water from the catastrophic floods was deflected through the Blanchard channel to the north part of the Deer Park basin. Terraces near the Spokane-Little Spokane River confluence suggest that the last major late Wisconsin floods may have used the Little Spokane as their main course (Kiver and Stradling, 1985).



    Sedimentation in the Little Spokane River basin was also affected by the floods, but it further depended on whether the valley was covered by a glacial lake or not and by the amount of water in the flood. If no lake occupied the valley, the great velocity of the water picked up and carried large amounts of sediment along with it, depositing poorly sorted gravels and boulders as the flood waned.



    If the catastrophic flood waters encountered a deep glacial lake, boulders and other coarse debris would immediately be deposited as the flood wave encountered the low energy environment. A large flood wave passing through the glacial lake would rework coarse sediment on the bottom and form rip-up clasts. The sediments left behind by the flood would be mostly sand sized (Kiver and others, 1991).



    This little peek at our amazing geologic history is intended to spark your interest in learning more about an aspect of our Inland Northwest that you possibly haven’t thought about. There are publications at local book stores and the libraries.



    The Ice Age Floods Institute

    Two DVDs give excellent accounts:

    NOVA, call 800-949-8670 and ask for the Mystery of the Megaflood.

    Another: The Great Ice Age Floods.. available from MWIA c/o National Parks Section, 1008 Crest Dr., Coulee Dam WA 99116, phone: 509- 633-9441 ext. 110.



    A group, The Ice Age Floods Institute, is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization and is centered around EWU and its geology department. They offer tours to various areas affected by the flood. They are diligently working on a trail system that features historic markers where folks can learn more about this dramatic event. Check out their web site - http://www.iafi.org
    News
    :: 2018 Annual Meeting
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    :: Mark Case
    New Board Member
    :: A River Captured: The Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change by Eileen Pearkes
    Reviewed by Jack Nisbet
    :: Living Water: Salmon's Presence
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Earth Day Clean-Up of Our Valley 2017
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Thanks Be to the Decorator!
    :: October Board Meeting
    by Harla Jean Biever
    :: Sign Up for Amazon Smile
    :: Colbert Road Trail
    by Mark Case
    :: In Memoriam - Daniel Eugene Forsyth
    :: Annual Meeting 2017
    :: Valley Cleanup 2017
    :: Land Along the Little Spokane River
    Report from Fairwood Community Leaders
    :: Membership
    :: Threads of Red
    Tina Wynecoop
    :: New Bench
    Kirk Neuman
    :: FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
    :: Registration for Tour and Field Trip
    :: 2017 ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER/AUCTION
    Friday, February 24, 2017 -- Wandermere Golf Club
    :: FRIENDS OF THE LITTLE SPOKANE RIVER VALLEY IS CELEBRATING OVER 20 YEARS WITH A LOOK BACK AT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    :: ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP: A CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY
    Saturday, April 22, 2017
    :: Valley Cleanup Report - 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Membership
    :: Conservation Future Nomination
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    :: Annual Meeting - 2016
    :: Valley Cleanup 2016
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: List of resources re: Salmon/Upper Columbia River Basin:
    :: Warning to Pet Owners
    By Erin Kennedy, DVM
    :: 2015 Fairwood District Farmers Market
    Hosted by Allen Family Properties
    :: Valley Cleanup
    By Michael Kennedy
    :: 2015 Annual Meeting
    :: Proposed New Housing Development
    By Jennifer Mudge
    :: Pine River Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    :: Rehab Cleanup Signs -- Volunteers Needed
    By Michael Kennedy
    :: Jack Nisbet Saltese Uplands Field Trip Coming May 2, 2015
    Mark Your Calendar!
    :: Wildlife Highway
    By Jack and Ro Bury
    :: Pioneer of Our Valley
    By Dana Davis Kelly
    :: Where a Wind Blew . . .
    By Harla Jean Biever New Hope Resource Center Board Member
    :: Membership Renewal
    :: Drama on the Little Spokane
    By Lindell Haggin
    :: Remembering
    :: Board Member Michael Kennedy
    :: What Was In Grandpa’s Trunk
    By Harla Jean Heiser Biever
    :: Annual Meeting
    :: Valley Cleanup 2014
    By Michael Kennedy
    :: 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    :: Serving Our Communities
    by Harla Jean Biever, President
    Board New Hope Resource Center
    :: Augy Augustine
    In Memoriam
    :: Our New bridge
    by Martha Schaefer
    :: Is Your Last Rose Of Summer Going To The Deer?
    :: Looking Back
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Trails To The Library(s)
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Valley Cleanup 2013
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Apex Industries make Herons for New Bridge
    :: Mark Your Calendar - Jack Nisbet Walking Tour
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    :: Membership
    :: Annual Spring Cleanup
    Saturday, April 27th -- 9:30 am
    :: In Memoriam
    :: Annual Meeting
    by Martha Schaefer, Vice President
    :: Thank You 2013 Donors For Auction Items!
    We Did Great!
    :: PET Project Spreads Mobility
    by Cindy Hval
    Article Courtesy of Spokesman-Review
    :: Mac Presents -- David Douglas Historic Tours -- With Jack Nisbet
    :: Come See The Butterflies!
    :: Memorial Bricks
    by Harla J. Biever
    :: Work Day At Camp Dart-Lo
    :: Postmarks
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: A Look Back at FLSRV History
    by Martha Schafer, Board Vice-President
    :: Mark Your Calendar For Our 2013 Annual Meeting
    :: We're Adopting!
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Bravo for the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: FLSRV Board-Authorized Letter Regarding The New Bridge
    by Lance Pounder, President
    :: Little Spokane River Bridge No. 3602 Replacement Project Update for Fall of 2012
    :: Cottonwood Trees in North Spokane County
    by W.G. Magnuson
    :: Delay Pruning To Help Wildlife Now
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Spokane Fish Hatchery
    by Kirk Newmann
    :: Second Annual Hike With Jack Nisbet
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    :: Pine River Park Update
    by Lance Pounder
    :: Oldest Barn in Spokane County?
    by W.G. Magnuson, Jr.
    :: Spring is for the Birds (and Birders)!
    by Lindell Haggin
    :: Roundabouts
    by Jack Bury
    :: Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: 2012 Annual Meeting
    by Tina Wynecoop, Auction Chairman
    :: Thank You! FLSRV 2012 Auction Donors
    :: A Little History
    by Harla Jean Biever
    :: Water Quality
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Walking Tour May 12, 2012
    Roberta Ellis, FLSRV Member
    :: State Needs Volunteers to Score Recreation, Conservation Grant Applications
    :: THANK YOU! DONORS TO 2012 FLSRV SILENT AUCTION
    :: WTA Work Parties 2012
    :: 2012 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Little Spokane Bridge is Being Replaced
    by Marla Schaeffer
    :: Walking Tour Review
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    :: 86,400 Seconds
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Valley Cleanup
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Better Dead Than Alive?
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    :: The Way It Was: History Along Our Organization’s Namesake
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: The Smell of Home
    by Carole Mack From: Diggings.org
    :: 2011 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    Saturday, March 5, 2011
    :: What is Conservation Futures
    by Martha Schaefer
    :: FLSRV Nominates Scholz Property for Conservation Futures Purchase
    Letter sent to Spokane Conservation Futures from Lance Pounder, on behalf of FLSRV
    :: A River Flows Through It
    by Bart Haggin
    :: Pine River Park Help Keep it Open
    by Lance Pounder
    :: County Bridge Upgrades
    by Harla Jean Biever
    :: Spring Cleanup Date Announced
    Saturday, April 16 Starting at 9:00am.
    :: Little Spokane Artists Plan Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    :: Team from 3 Counties Presents Gardening Workshop
    Saturday, January 29th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    :: 3rd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    :: Keeping Pine River Park Open
    by Lance Pounder
    :: New Board Members Elected
    by Kirk Neumann
    :: Annual Meeting Held
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Pine River County Park
    by Doug Chase
    :: General Service Modifications for 2010 Park Season
    by Doug Chase
    :: Mt. Spokane, The Little Spokane River, Rock Cairn Vision Quest Sites and a Poem
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Membership
    by Harla Jean Biever
    :: Cleanup Day Report
    by Lance Pounder
    :: An Amazing CBC (Christmas Bird Count) Adventure Story
    by Jeanne Dammarell
    :: 2nd Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour
    by Hulda Bridgeman
    :: 2009 Annual Meeting and Dinner/Auction
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: US Highway 2 to the Wandermere Vicinity North Spokane Corridor: Wall Architectural Treatment
    Trails
    :: ANNUAL SPRING HIKE WITH JACK NISBET
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    :: Antoine Peak Hike 2016
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Be Coyote-Wise
    Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
    :: Unique Trail Users
    By Tina Wynecoop
    :: Wolverine Walkabout = Wolverine Wanderlust
    By Tina Wynecoop
    :: Saltese Upland Hike
    By Tina Wynecoop
    :: New Benches for the Haynes Estate Trails Area
    By Kirk Neumann
    :: Pineriver Park Neighborhood Entrance Will Be Getting a New Look
    :: Trail Signs
    :: Trail Update
    By Lance Pounder
    :: Beavers on the Little Spokane River
    By Ro Bury
    :: SPRING FIELD TRIP with Jack Nisbet, Author/Historian
    Five Mile Prairie and the Little Spokane River MAY 10, 2014
    :: We’re ‘Friends’ with WSDOT and The Children of the Sun pedestrian pathway.
    :: Links to Printable 2013 Trails Maps
    :: Devil's Gap Walking Tour with Jack Nisbet
    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    :: Trails Update
    :: County's Wandermere Road Project
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Trails Overview
    :: Trails Update
    by Lance Pounder
    :: Vandervert Trail
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: North Spokane Corridor
    by Michael Kennedy
    :: Trees and Trails
    by Jim Ellis
    :: Finishing Touches on the Bridge
    by Lindell Haggin
    :: Trails
    by Martha Schaefer
    :: Art Work Drawings for Retaining Walls at Wandermere and Garden Avenue
    :: Haynes Estate Conservation Area Planting
    :: New Pedestrian-Bike Trail Needs Your Help To Find A Name
    :: 08 Trails Update
    :: Trails FAQs
    Geology / History
    :: "Don't tell my wife about this!"
    by Tina Wynecoop
    :: Wandermere
    By Dan Webster ... Courtesy of Spokesman Review
    :: Inland Northwest Geology
    Birds
    :: Bird Watching
    :: Birds Falling From The Sky
    by Tina and Judge Wynecoop
    :: Nesting Ospreys
    :: Dabblers, Divers, Murderers and Travelers: Birds of the INW
    Through March 15, 2009 Museum of Arts and Culture
    Favorite Views
    :: Some Beautiful Views Contributed By Members
    Goals
    :: Friends of Little Spokane River Valley Goals
    As Agreed to by the Board of Directors September 8, 1998
    Favorite Books
    :: Readings about our Little Spokane River Valley
    Newsletters
    :: October 2017 Newsletter
    :: Spring 2017 Newsletter
    :: October 2016 Newsletter
    :: January 2016 Newsletter
    :: Spring 2015 Newsletter
    :: November 2014 Newsletter as PDF
    :: June 2014 Newsletter PDF
    :: December 2013 Newsletter
    :: April 2013 Newsletter
    :: November 2012 Newsletter
    :: June 2012 Newsletter
    :: November 2011 Newsletter
    :: January 2011 Newsletter
    :: June 2010 Newsletter
    :: September 2009 - Fall Newsletter
    :: January 2009 - Winter Newsletter

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