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Avista to begin weekend aesthetic flows at Post Falls Dam
Releases pose no safety hazards

 

Beginning Saturday, June 27, Avista will release aesthetic flows at its Post Falls Dam, as required under the new Spokane River Hydroelectric Project license. The new summer flows should provide a more pleasing experience for park users and pose no safety hazards to river recreationists.

 

The aesthetic flows will require small (approximately 1/2-inch) openings in two spillgates, which will release approximately 46 cubic feet of water per second (cfs) through the Post Falls North Channel Dam (adjacent to Falls Park). The releases will take place each Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day between the hours of noon and 6 p.m.

 

The aesthetic releases pose no safety hazards upstream of the dam, as long as river users always remain upstream of Avista’s boater safety cables, and do not indicate a river closure, as a larger spillgate opening would. However, river users are reminded that, per local Kootenai County and City of Post Falls ordinances, the entire Spokane River between the Spokane Street Bridge and the Post Falls dams (including the boat launch at Q’emiln Park, which was reopened to the public Tuesday, June 23) will be closed during any emergency requiring larger spillgate openings. 

 

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 our operating division that provides service to 355,000 electric and 315,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

 

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