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Avista Begins Annual Lake Spokane Drawdown
Water level to drop five to six inches per day

SPOKANE, Wash. – Jan. 25, 2007:  Avista Utilities has begun drawing down the water level at Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir).  It is expected that the reservoir will be lowered eight to ten feet below its maximum summer elevation of 1,536 feet by mid February.  The lake level is expected to drop five to six inches per day.  If the weather remains cool and dry, the elevation will continue to be drawn down to a maximum of 13 to 14 feet below its maximum level.

Under the right weather conditions the drawdown is expected to help with control of Eurasian milfoil, an invasive weed found in many area waterways. The drawdown also allows for repair and construction by property owners along the lake shoreline.

Property owners and lake-users are reminded to make any necessary preparations, including removing boats from the water and securing docks and boathouses for low-water conditions.

Water levels are subject to change due to a variety of factors, such as weather or equipment problems at the Long Lake dam. Lake users should always be alert to signs of such changes and exercise the highest level of personal caution and safety when using the waterways.

Updated reservoir level information is available by calling Avista's recorded Lake Information Line at (509) 495-8043.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides service to 346,000 electric and 305,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista’s non-regulated subsidiaries include Advantage IQ (www.avistaadvantage.com) and Avista Energy (www.avistaenergy.com). Avista Corp.’s stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.”  For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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