RIVERS -- Two non-profit groups that have advocated wise use of the Spokane River have merged to continue that effort.
The Friends of the Falls gained notoriety for efforts to preserve the Spokane River gorge, being involved in the proposal for a whitewater park near the Sandifur Bridge and organizing hundreds of volunteers to remove tons of trash in the annual Spokane River Cleanup.
Spokane River Forum, among other things, has promoted science and river access in management decisions.
The merger, announced last week by FOF board member Steve Faust and SRF board president Jeanna Hofmeister, will see the Spokane River Forum carrying on the work of Friends of the Falls.
In a media release, Faust said:
"From the time we began work on the Conceptual Plan for the Great Spokane River Gorge in 2002, the overarching goal of the Friends of the Falls has been to bring people together around the value of the Spokane River and the hundreds of acres of public park land along its banks, not merely as a great public amenity to be preserved and treasured, but as a key differentiator in our region’s strategy for economic development. That goal has largely been achieved, and the Spokane River Forum has become a key partner in carrying forward that message and in advocating for greater public access to the full reach of the river. By combining our resources, we will accelerate that effort.”