May 19th is a big night for the Spokane River
The Spokane River Forum is hosting their annual benefit and auction to raise funds and create more advocates for the amazing asset to our town, the Spokane River
Rare is a river that cuts through the middle of hundreds of thousands of people that also can provide an amazing resource of recreation, civic pride, fishing opportunities, whitewater rafting and so much more. The story of the Spokane River is one of restoration and recovery. Decades of abuse followed by decades of resiliency and now hopefully a strong legacy is being laid down of advocacy.
The issues still facing the river and it's watershed are numerous. Toxic runoff, excess sediment coming in from it's tributaries, remaining issues from a bygone era of hard rock mining in it's headwaters and more.
But to me, the biggest challenge is apathy from it's surrounding residents.
What the river needs to be honest is more people on it and understanding what a asset we really have. I've personally taken people on my raft who are just blown away at what they see on the river less than 10 minutes outside of downtown. Moose, Beaver, Osprey, Deer on the land and hard fighting native Redband Rainbows and Whitefish below in the water.
More people using the river = more advocates = a healthier river in the future.
Take it from Sean Visintainer, owner of the Silver Bow Fly Shop. The river means a lot to him, his business and our community.
Register for the event HERE and more information can be found on their FB EVENT PAGE
So on May 19th, I highly encourage you to be a part of this great benefit for the Spokane River.