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Post Falls Boaters Unhappy with Low Water on Spokane River

POST FALLS, Idaho. - Boat owners living above the Post Falls Dam aren't very happy since water levels in the Spokane River have quickly dropped. Many of their boats are now beached on the shore.

At the peak of summer, the Green's Ferry Bay is lined with docked boats. Below normal water levels have kept most boats out so far this year, but some eager boaters are now stuck on the shore.

"In the meantime I'm stuck here with my boat," said Jim Brush, boat owner. "Wouldn't take it out unless it had about three more feet of water."

Jim Brush put his boat in the water about three weeks ago. The water levels were above normal for this time of year so he decided to take advantage of it.

"Our boating season is so doggone short here you want to get every minute you can," said Brush.

The water levels in the Spokane River are controlled by Avista. Jim says the water has dropped at least six feet since last weekend.

"I don't see any reason why they have to drop it that far," said Brush.

Avista says their federal license requires them to keep the water in Coeur d'Alene Lake at a certain level to prevent flooding. The heavy rain over the past few weeks has raised that level and they've had to open the gates of the Post Falls Dam. Causing the water to drop near homes along the Spokane River.

"They keep telling us one thing and then they do another thing. They've told us the water level is going to drop just a little bit and they drop it three foot and that's a long ways," said Brush.

Jim is upset because he thinks Avista should have done a better job communicating with boaters about what they were going to do with the river. Avista says they do their best to communicate with boaters by giving them a phone number to call with water level updates. But they say depending on the weather things can change at any time and boaters just need to be ready.

As for Jim, he hopes the water will go back up soon so he can avoid any possible damage to his boat.

"I'd sure like to see it come back up a little bit so the boat would float so that people can get in and out of here," said Brush.

Avista says as soon as the weather dries up they will be able to start closing some of the dam gates. They're best guess is water levels will rise back up to normal by the first part of next week.

 

 

 

 

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