Spokane County Performance Indicators

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Water Resources

The Water Resources Section collaborates with the schools in our area to provide outstanding educational programs and activities focused on the protection and conservation of water, our most precious resource. In addition, the staff performs studies, prepares plans, and carries out sampling and testing programs designed to improve our understanding of the groundwater and surface water throughout our region.

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Kevin R. Cooke, P.E. Environmental Services Director
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This graph displays both the cumulative goal and actual number of community outreach events conducted by Spokane County Water Resources. The graph is a summary of three (3) types of events:
-- Focused educational programs at the Water Resource Education Center
-- Walking tours of the Spokane County Regional Water Reclamation Facility
-- Off-site events (e.g., schools, community centers, regional events) where staff provide education services.
NOTE: The 2016 goal represents a 30% increase over the number of actual events in 2015.
NOTE: The 2017 goal represents a 10% increase over the number of actual events in 2016.
NOTE: June 2018 did not meet goal due, in part, to the cancellation of Mead Outdoor Education classes.
NOTE: 2019 was a year of transition with the hiring and training of a new FT educator and the retiring of a PT educator. It felt very busy though our stretch goal still was not accomplished.


Community outreach and education is a key component of the mission of Spokane County Environmental Services. Spokane County residents recognize the value of protecting the area's sole-source drinking water aquifer, the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, and support these education programs through a voter-approved Aquifer Protection Area fee. Tracking the number and type of educational events is an effective way to monitor the existing community outreach program and to plan for improvements.

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Water Resources Education Outreach