The State's Model Toxics Control Act, in combination with Federal laws regulating toxic chemicals, sets standards and procedures for clean-ups of spills and other releases of chemicals. The City has some experience with cleanups at private and at City facilities. The Washington State Department of Ecology tracks cleanup sites across the state. There are also regional cleanup activities such as in the Silver Valley. For more information on cleanup activities within the City of Spokane, contact Environmental Programs.
The State's Growth Management Act assists communities like Spokane to achieve the benefits of denser development (i.e., municipal services can be less costly per person) while reducing the impacts to rural properties. A challenge the City and its citizens face is how best to fashion our more densely built and more impacted unbuilt environment to most effectively meet the needs of citizens. The City's mechanism to address this challenge is through its Comprehensive Planning process.
The Spokane Municipal Code includes a series of ordinances that protect critical areas, including wetlands, critical aquifer recharge areas, fish and wildlife conservation areas, frequently flooded areas, and geologically hazardous areas.
Community Gardens allow citizens to grow food to help make themselves, and the City, more sustainable. Some community gardens are located on City of Spokane property and have become neighborhood assets. Currently, there are about a dozen community gardens in Spokane. View the Spokane Community Gardens Map.