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AVISTA Dam Relicensing

Avista’s Spokane River Project was first licensed in 1972 and is currently identified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unique number of No. 2545. The license tells Avista how they can operate the developments and what protection, mitigation and enhancement measures (PM&Es) are needed to address the project's ongoing impacts. Under current regulations the Project license expires in 2007, and a new application is due before the end of July 2005. The Project includes the following Developments:

  • Post Falls Hydroelectric Development (HED)
  • Upper Falls Hydroelectric Development
  • Monroe Street Hydroelectric Development
  • Nine Mile Hydroelectric Development (HED)
  • Long Lake Hydroelectric Development (HED)

These developments in the Spokane River Project provide the region with an average of 100 MW of electric energy, enough to meet the electrical needs of about 65,000 homes.

Relicensing is about evaluating the impacts of the project on fisheries, wildlife, water quality, and recreation and developing PM&Es to address those impacts as the project continues to operate. In support of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) relicensing of the AVISTA operated dams on the Spokane River system AVISTA will begin data collection and analysis in 2002. Although this process is scheduled to occur after the development of a watershed management tool for WRIA 55 and 57, any relevant information collected and analyzed by AVISTA may be incorporated into the watershed management process and the watershed management tool updated as needed.

Project information:

Project Contacts:

Bruce Howard, Project Manager
1411 East Mission
PO Box 3727
Spokane, WA 99220-3727
Phone: (509) 495-2941
Fax: (509) 495-4852

Debbie Biggs, Project Coordinator
1411 East Mission
PO Box 3727
Spokane, WA 99220-3727
Phone: (509) 495-2858
Fax: (509) 495-4852

Contact: Reanette Boese, Spokane County Water Resources