Pin It
Favorite

Public Empowerment 

by Kevin Taylor & r & & r & & lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & T & lt;/span & he tall, hale fellow with the white hair had the ruddy skin and weathered clothing of someone who spends a fair amount of time outdoors. He had driven from Mica Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene to Spokane last week to address a table full of federal energy regulators.





"I'm a patient man," he said. "Two weeks ago, I went to your website and I'm still waiting for my password so I can make a comment."





The remark drew a round of chuckles as about 90 people turned out at two sessions to lob comments about Avista's five Spokane River dams at a





Federal Energy Regulatory Commission panel that is deciding the terms of the utility's next licenses.





"There was very good turnout, especially in the evening," says FERC's John Blair.





Many asked Avista to address issues other than power generation, especially releasing up to 500 cubic feet per second into north and middle channels of the river downtown. These channels are often dry when water is diverted through turbines. Avista is proposing a release of 200 cubic feet per second.





Significantly, a city official and the head of an economic development group each joined the call for greater aesthetic flows, albeit cautiously. Lloyd Brewer, a program manager with the city, and Rich Hadley, president of Greater Spokane Inc., praised Avista's contributions to the city, but told FERC that they'd go for more water through Riverfront Park if it's available.





All comments are considered, says Blair. A final document listing conditions for the dams will be ready by late summer, he says.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Connecting the Dots
  • Connecting the Dots

    How the Washington state budget touches us all in Eastern Washington
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • See a Need, Fill It
  • See a Need, Fill It

    Publisher's Note
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • The Clouds Finally Part
  • The Clouds Finally Part

    A newly protected, 275,000-plus-acre Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness is a monument to working together for Idaho
    • Aug 26, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Moscow ArtWalk 2015

Moscow ArtWalk 2015 @ Downtown Moscow

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Manufacturing Fear

    Spokane's Republican sheriff says members of his own party are dangerously dividing people
    • Aug 12, 2015
  • 'Flip of a Coin'

    A Spokane Valley deputy trained to spot stoned and drunk drivers is wrong nearly as often as he is right, blood tests from drivers show
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


marijuana


Comment


Publisher's Note


BUSINESS


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation