Careful planning and management allows hydro projects to coexist with the natural environment. Through partnerships with agencies, tribes, and a host of stakeholders, we protect and enhance habitat and populations of native spices, improve water quality, increase recreational opportunities, and protect cultural and historic resources.
For thousands of years, Native American people lived in areas throughout the region. These groups and those who followed them left evidence of their lives on and around the Clark Fork River. Once taken or damaged, cultural resources are lost to all of us. If you discover any cultural resources while near the Clark Fork or elsewhere, please honor them by leaving them in place. Not only is it the law, protecting cultural resources protects our history and legacy as well.
We have been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for our efforts in fish and wildlife protection, water quality improvements, and recreation projects in Idaho, and Montana. Recent natural resource related projects include:
- The leveraging of Avista’s financial commitment to bring in just under $10 million dollars in grants to protect and restore important fish and wildlife habitat and provide quality recreational opportunities along the Clark Fork Project.
- Providing exemplary recreational opportunities for the general public, including the purchase in 2011, subsequent upgrades and operation of a private RV park along Cabinet Gorge Reservoir.
- Lake Pend Oreille lake trout suppression project.
Contact Avista for additional information on natural resource projects and protecting cultural resources.