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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:

  • Five-Year Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan for Idaho 2010-2014
  • 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 ReportsWetlands plants

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 2010 to 2014
2012 Annual Work Plan of the Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan for the Shadowy St. Joe Wetland and Riparian Restoration Project 

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

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 Correspondence

Communication and correspondence between Avista, its agency partners, regulators, and stakeholders is essential as Avista implements its three wetland programs.

Five-Year Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan for Idaho 2010 to 2014Wetlands

FERC Order Approving Five-Year Wetland and Riparian Habitat Protection and Enhancement Plan (dated October 5, 2010)

Coeur d’Alene Reservation Wetland and Riparian Habitat Plan

FERC Order Approving Coeur d'Alene Reservation Wetland and Riparian Habitat Plan (dated October 5, 2010)

Wetland Enhancement Plan for Lake Spokane and Nine Mile Reservoir

Letter from WA Dept. of Ecology (WADOEC) approving the Lake Spokane Wetland Plan and Nine Mile Wetland Monitoring Program
FERC Order Modifying and Approving Lake Spokane Wetland Plan and Nine Mile Wetland Monitoring Program Pursuant to Articles 401 and 413

Wetlands monitoring meetings are conducted to identify, scope, and monitor wetlands related to the Spokane River Project and develop protection, mitigation, and enhancement measure recommendations to address License requirements.  

Meeting Minutes

April 15, 2011 Meeting Minutes 

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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 – http://www.ferc.gov/

Washington Department of Ecology – http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/links/plants.htmlWetlands

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife – http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/

Washington Department of Natural Resources – http://www.dnr.wa.gov/

Washington State Parks – http://www.parks.wa.gov/

Coeur d’Alene Tribe – http://www.cdatribe-nsn.gov/

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality – http://www.deq.idaho.gov/

Idaho Department of Fish and Game – http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/

U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs – http://www.bia.gov/

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – http://www.fws.gov/

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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