Friday, August 31, 2012

End of summer news: Sun Up Bay Boat Launch Renovation; Avista Begins Winter Lake Drawdown

Summer fun, sun and water levels are about to start their seasonal decline, but not before we can enjoy a fantastic Labor Day Weekend with few clouds expected and highs resting comfortably in the upper 70s.  If you're thinking about swimming, do so sooner than later as the surface temp is hovering around 69 degrees and trending lower.

Sun Up Bay Boat Launch Renovation
Kootenai County Parks & Waterways will be renovating the Sun Up Bay Boat Launch this Fall.  The launch facility will close September 17th with a proposed completion date of December 30th. Funding for the project comes from daily launch fees, annual pass sales and state boating grants. For the latest updates on this project and other proposed renovations, please visit the KC Parks & Waterways website, http://www.kcgov.us/departments/parkswaterways/.

Avista to begin Lake Coeur d’Alene drawdown
Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 4th, the lake will be gradually lowered until reaching winter level, so be sure to make sure all your floating toys are properly tucked away.  For the most current Lake Coeur d'Alene water levels and temps, check out our Lake CDA conditions page.

(Full Press Release from Avista)

Avista to begin Lake Coeur d’Alene drawdown
Annual slow drawdown will lower lake to winter level

SPOKANE, Wash.  Aug 31, 2012: Avista is beginning its annual fall drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene Tuesday, Sept. 4. The lake will be gradually lowered approximately a foot from full pool by the end of September, and an additional 1½ feet per month thereafter until reaching its winter level. Property owners and boaters should take measures to secure docks and boats for the winter season during this period.

As part of Avista’s FERC license to operate its Spokane River Hydroelectric Project, which includes Post Falls Dam, Avista is required to maintain the level of Coeur d’Alene Lake at summer full-pool elevation of 2,128 feet from as early as practical in the spring until the Tuesday after Labor Day.

The slow drawdown will increase flows of the Spokane River downstream of Post Falls, and will slightly decrease river levels between the lake and Post Falls bridge. Spill gates at Post Falls Dam will not be opened for the drawdown, and the river should remain open for recreation until November; however, river users should be aware that water levels can fluctuate at any time depending upon weather and dam operations.

Avista has a 24-hour telephone information line that provides notification of anticipated elevation changes on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Lake Spokane and the Spokane River during the subsequent 24-hour and one-week periods. In Idaho, call (208) 769-1357; in Washington call (509) 495-8043.

The recorded information is provided to advise shoreline property owners, commercial and recreational users of changes in the lake and river elevation levels that may affect plans for water use.

About Avista Utilities? Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 359,000 customers and natural gas to 320,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.
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Contact:
Jessie Wuerst (509) 495-8578, jessie.wuerst@avistacorp.com
Avista 24/7 Media Access (509) 495-4174


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