Spokane River at Post Falls opens   

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Water levels allow spill gates at Post Falls Dam to be closed

Post by Hugh Imhof

Avista is advising Spokane River users that river recreation is now permitted in the area between the Spokane Street Bridge and the Post Falls Dam. River volumes have dropped sufficiently to allow the spill gates at the dam to be closed. 

The City of Post Falls boat launch at Q’emiln Park is expected to be opened to the public today. Typically this occurs sometime between Memorial Day and the July 4 holiday.  The median date for closing the gates is June 22; however the date has occurred as late as July 8 in 2008 and as early as May 22 in 2005.

Avista expects summer operation at the dam to continue through Labor Day, as long as weather conditions allow.  River users are cautioned that weather conditions can cause rapid changes in water levels. Please exercise caution when using the waterways.

For current information on Spokane River flows and Coeur d'Alene Lake elevation (includes anticipated changes in flow and elevation for the coming week) call 208-769-1357. For information on Spokane River flows and Lake Spokane elevation (includes anticipated changes in flow and elevation for the coming week) call 509-495-8043.

Links to weather and water flow information are available here: http://www.avistautilities.com/inside/resources/Pages/waterflow.aspx
Posted by  System Account  on  7/6/2010
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