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Clark Fork Project

Welcome to Avista's Clark Fork Hydroelectric Project.

Avista owns and operates eight hydroelectric developments on the Spokane and Clark Fork rivers. The Clark Fork Project includes the Noxon Rapids and Cabinet Gorge hydroelectric developments on the Clark Fork River in northern Idaho and northwestern Montana.

The Clark Fork Project was relicensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 1999. The "Living License" was a result of a multi-year collaboration that resulted in the Clark Fork Settlement Agreement, which was signed in 1999 by Avista and 26 other parties, and set the course for more than 40 years of protection and enhancement of natural resources along the lower Clark Fork River.

Avista was founded on clean, renewable hydropower in 1889. Today, Cabinet Gorge and Noxon Rapids are our two largest hydroelectric dams, with the capability to generate more than 800 megawatts of reliable hydroelectric energy. In addition to generating energy at the Cabinet Gorge and Noxon Rapids dams, we're restoring habitat for threatened bull trout, improving wetlands, monitoring water quality, safeguarding cultural and historic resources, and enhancing recreation sites.

Many of these efforts came about because we listen to our neighbors. In fact, when we applied for a new license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to continue operating on the Clark Fork, we asked tribes, conservation associations, property owners, non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies to the table.

For more information about our Clark Fork Project's hydroelectric developments, recent news, resources, fisheries research, recreation and our FERC License, please refer to the links on the left below Clark Fork Project, or click on the images below.

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Fisheries
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Recreation

 

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Project License

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