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Avista to begin rock relocation project at Monroe Street Dam
Huntington Park will be closed Aug. 4-5 for project set up

Aug. 1, 2014: Starting Monday, Aug. 4, Avista will begin a project at its Monroe Street Dam, located in Huntington Park, to move rocks that have accumulated from high and extended river flows during the past two springs. The work is expected to take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.
 
Huntington Park will be closed on Aug. 4-5 while a crane is assembled and the area prepared for work to begin. The park will reopen on Aug. 6.
 
During the project, a crane will be staged at the south side of the dam to relocate large amounts of cobble and gravel that have accumulated at the dam’s intake structure and place it back into the river below the dam. Approximately every two years Avista moves the rocks, in accordance with state permits, which can damage the intake structure and interfere with power production.
 
“Public safety and protecting the surrounding environment are Avista’s top priorities as we do this work,” said Speed Fitzhugh, Spokane River License Manager for Avista. “Redistributing the materials back into the river will allow them to continue to serve as a potential gravel source for trout spawning habitat in the Spokane River system.”
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