Avista has long recognized the impact of our dams on the natural resources that provide habitat for native fish and wildlife. One of the first utilities in the country to hire a full-time biologist, we now have an entire staff of fish and wildlife biologists, technicians and engineers dedicated to enhancing and protecting habitat.
Much of our focus is on studying the fishery resource in the Spokane and Clark Fork rivers and the associated tributaries, reservoirs and lakes. Species of study include rainbow trout, bull trout, kokanee, small and large-mouth bass. We also have several programs to stock catchable rainbow trout, in area rivers, lakes and reservoirs. As part of our Clark Fork Project FERC license, Avista underwrites the Lake Trout Suppression Project in Pend Oreille Lake, which gives anglers incentives to catch lake trout.
Avista has worked with fish and wildlife agencies in Washington, Idaho and Montana for many years in wildlife protection and enhancement. Since 1970, we have provided nesting platforms, relocated nests and educated our line workers in protecting osprey and other raptors that migrate or nest near our transmission and distribution lines and facilities.
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