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Avista to begin lake drawdown

Lifeguards' last day at Post Falls beach Monday

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Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 am

POST FALLS - Avista will begin its annual fall drawdown of Lake Coeur d'Alene on Tuesday.

The lake will be gradually lowered about a foot from full pool by the end of September, and an additional 1 foot 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.

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.

Spillgates at Post Falls Dam will not be opened for the drawdown, and the river should remain open for recreation until November.

Info: 769-1357

Monday will be the last day lifeguards will be on duty at the beach at Q'emiln Park in Post Falls.

The unguarded beach will remain open until the gates at the dam are opened by Avista Utilities.

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  • Windy posted at 9:27 am on Mon, Sep 3, 2012.

    Windy Posts: 10

    I've been living on the river for the past 21 years. It used to be that the river was all but one foot up by Memorial Day and they never started the drawdown till the end of september. This year we were barely up by the 4th of July and now the first of september they are drawing it down. Avista is really taking advantage of us and especially the waterfront people who pay unbelievable taxes and don't even get a fair amount of time to take advantage of it. Big business.

  • greyhound2 posted at 6:48 am on Sat, Sep 1, 2012.

    greyhound2 Posts: 897

    When Avista gets done with the drawdown on the lake, maybe they could begin the drawdown on the overcharges on their monthly bills, which fail to reflect the decrease in their natural gas supply charges.

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