New deal means Spokane Falls will roar - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

New deal means Spokane Falls will roar

SPOKANE, Wash. - The scenic falls over the Spokane River will not dry up this summer, after Avista reached a deal with environmental groups to release enough water from its dams to keep the water falling in daylight hours.

The deal announced Tuesday requires Avista to keep a minimum of 300 cubic feet per second of water spilling over the river rocks in downtown Spokane during daylight hours, and 100 cfs at night.

The deal was reached the utility, the Sierra Club and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

The settlement resolves a major issue in Avista's efforts to relicense its hydro dams on the Spokane River.

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