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Cultural Resources

We recognize that past populations have left evidence of their lives on and around the area's rivers and land. These remnantsTeepee during sunset are the legacy of our country and the heritage of all people and cannot be restored once they are damaged or removed. Protecting the heritage of any culture within our community is a responsibility that we believe is important as we move forward into the future. Avista, along with area tribes, local and state historic preservation offices, is committed to the stewardship, protection, and management of cultural resources and historic properties associated with the Spokane River Project.

Historic properties, as defined in the National Historic Preservation Act, consist of cultural resources, such as prehistoric and historic-period archaeological sites, buildings and structures, and traditional cultural properties that are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation’s historic places.

Several of Avista’s hydroelectric developments, such as its Long Lake, Nine Mile, Post Falls, and its Post Street Substation have been identified as having historical significance and are included on the National Register of Historic Places.  

As part of the Spokane River Project License, we have developed the following three Management Plans that guide our management of historic properties:

  • The Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine Mile and Long LakeArrowhead
    Hydroelectric Developments Historic Properties Management Plan
  • The Post Falls Hydroelectric Development Historic Properties Management Plan
  • The Coeur d’Alene Reservation Cultural Resource Management Plan

Help us protect the cultural resources and history of our region

Cultural resources can be threatened by many kinds of actions, both intentional and unintentional. You can help protect these precious resources by:

  • Treating historic and archaeological sites with care and respect when you visit, and by teaching others to do the same.
  • Refraining from touching or picking up archaeological or cultural resources.
  • Notifying Avista and appropriate tribal and law enforcement agencies as soon as possible if you see someone vandalizing or looting archaeological or cultural resources or sites. Do not confront the vandal yourself but make note of useful information and report it.1925 Congress

For more information about Avista’s cultural resource activities, please contact:

Rene' Wiley
Recreation, Land Use and Cultural Resource Specialist
Avista Utilities
1411 East Mission Ave., MSC-1
Spokane, WA 99220-3727
Office: (509) 495-2919