Developer and City Reroute Pipes to Prevent Pollution in River

By Paige Browning

Crews placed the lid on a new stormwater retention tank next to the Monroe Street Bridge Monday. That final stage of construction means progress for the Kendall Yards development, and pollution prevention for the city.
 
The new tank will 270,000 gallons of stormwater. That's small compared to combined sewer/stormwater tanks planned elsewhere in Spokane, according to Marlene Feist. Photo by Paige Browning.The city and Kendall Yards have collaborated funds for the $1.6 million tank. Stormwater that used to flow directly into the Spokane River will now travel to a holding tank, and later be treated. Marlene Feist with the city says the container will take stormwater from Kendall Yards, and city streets in the Broadway and courthouse areas.
 
Feist: “So stormwater that picks up all the street oils and other pollutions you are going to see on the streets, silt and sand, and those things. And we don’t really want that going directly into the river when we can help it.”
 
Feist says the tank may not be the city’s highest priority, but it was good timing because Kendall Yards needed to deal with their stormwater on site. The city is looking for these types of collaborations because it saves citizens money and time by only doing construction once.
 
Photo: The new tank will 270,000 gallons of stormwater. That's small compared to combined sewer/stormwater tanks planned elsewhere in Spokane, according to Marlene Feist. Photo by Paige Browning.

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