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Wetlands

Wetlands are transitional areas between upland and aquatic environments where specialized, water-tolerant plants form some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They provide many benefits like fish and wildlife habitats, natural water quality improvement, water storage, and shoreline erosion protection.

Avista takes pride in being a good steward of the land and we want to ensure wetlands will be present within our Spokane River Project boundary for generations to come. As part of our Spokane River Project License, we have developed the following Wetland Management Programs:

  • Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan for Idaho
  • Coeur d’Alene Reservation Wetland and Riparian Habitat Plan
  • Wetland Enhancement Plan for Lake Spokane and Nine Mile Reservoir

The primary goal of these three plans is to protect, restore, enhance, and create high quality wetland and riparian habitats.


  

Wetland Work Plans and Reports

As part of the Spokane River Project License, we are implementing three Wetland and Riparian Habitat Plans. 

Five-Year Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan for Idaho 2015-2019
Five-Year Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan for Idaho 2010 to 2014
Five-Year Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement 2010-2014 Summary Report

These two plans were developed in consultation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Coeur d'Alene Reservation Wetland and Riparian Habitat Plan, 2015
Coeur d’Alene Reservation Wetland and Riparian Habitat Plan, 2010 

This plan was developed in cooperation with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. 

Lake Spokane and Nine Mile Wetland Monitoring Program

This plan was developed in consultation with the Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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Wetlands Contacts

The regulators, agency partners, and stakeholders that Avista works with and their website information is provided below:

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Washington Department of Ecology

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington State Parks

Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

For more information about Avista’s Wetland Programs, please contact:

David Armes
Terrestrial Resource Specialist
Avista Utilities
1411 E. Mission Ave., MSC-1
Spokane, WA 99220-3727
Office: (509) 495-2796 
david.armes@avistacorp.com 

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