In 1951, Avista was one of the first utilities in the nation to hire a full-time fish and wildlife biologist. Since then, we have developed partnerships with agencies, tribes, and a host of stakeholders to preserve, protect, and enhance our fisheries. A team of fisheries biologists in our Noxon Natural Resources Office work year-round on bull trout passage projects, which focus on moving juvenile bull trout around Avista’s dams so that they can properly migrate and spawn. State-of-the-art fisheries work includes habitat restoration, genetics and disease studies, and water quality improvement efforts. Some key items resulting from this work include:
- Reestablishing adult bull trout transport above Cabinet Gorge by employing a “rapid response” genetic identification technique.
- Implementing stream habitat restoration projects in 23 different tributaries throughout the lower Clark Fork – Lake Pend Oreille basin.
- Acquiring fee title and/or conservation easements on over 1,500 acres of important native salmonid stream corridor habitat.
Contact Avista for additional information on fisheries research.