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Spokane County construction project prompts question: 'Was it worth it?'

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During a recent restoration project on Country Homes Boulevard in North Spokane more than $155,000 dollars was spent on a landscape project that was part of major construction on that road. During a recent restoration project on Country Homes Boulevard in North Spokane more than $155,000 dollars was spent on a landscape project that was part of major construction on that road.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

During a recent restoration project on Country Homes Boulevard in North Spokane, more than $155,000 was spent on the vegetation planted during the construction. It was part of an overhaul to the storm water system which in total cost about 2 million dollars.

County officials say 75 percent of that money was paid for by the Department of Ecology, while 25 percent of it was paid for by county funds. Some neighbors contacted KHQ questioning the necessity of the planting during the project, while other neighbors told KHQ they were pleased to see improvements to what once was a concrete drainage ditch separating the traffic lanes.

KHQ looked in to the issue, which county leaders say is not only improved landscape, but also serves another purpose: storm water drainage. County leaders say underneath all of the trees and shrubs added, is a 4 foot pipe meant to improve the quality of storm water drainage and flood control. The county says the are two reasons why so many plants were added to the project. The first is to prevent "long term maintenance" and the second is to create natural soil compost in an area where water usually collects.

County officials say the project is in response to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System overseen by the EPA. According to NPDES, the county must provide areas to treat polluted storm water before it reaches a larger body of water or drinking water.

To read a full report of the county project you can click on the link below.

http://www.spokanecounty.org/data/stormwater/watersheds_miscinfo/fivemile/newsletters_updates/2013%20Fall%20Newsletter_CountryHomes%20for%20Web-optimized.pdf

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