Avista Gets 50-year License for Spokane River Projects

Avista Corporation has received a new 50-year license to operate its Spokane River hydroelectric projects (P-2545).

Of the five developments, Post Falls is located in Idaho while the other four- Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine Mile and Long Lake, are located in Washington.


American Rivers & NOAA now accepting proposals for river restoration grants

American Rivers seeks proposals for river restoration project grants as part of its partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Community-based Restoration Program. Program funding is provided through NOAA’s Open Rivers Initiative, which seeks to enable environmental and economic renewal in local communities through the removal of stream barriers.

NMFS fails to require fish passage for Hells Canyon

FERC's deadline for all interested parties in the Hells Canyon dams to file their recommendations for terms and conditions in the new license was January 26, 2006. The federal National Marine Fisheries Service - the agency charged with protecting migrating endangered salmon and steelhead - submitted a simple reservation of authority. In other words, the agency did nothing and failed in its responsibility to protect these endangered species.


Box Canyon License Issued

On July 11th, 2005, the Commission issued a new license for the Box Canyon Project on the Pend Oreille River in northeastern Washington and Idaho. The issuance brought a conclusion to the licensing phase of this project's extended history as a poster child for combative licensing processes. The license adopts mandatory conditions, including fish passage, submitted by the U.S.