Restoration work planned for Clark Fork Delta
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- A restoration project to prevent additional erosion of the Clark Fork Delta where it enters Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the estimated cost of $6 million is being paid for through the Bonneville Power Administration dam mitigation funding and re-licensing agreements.
Kathy Cousins of Idaho Fish and Game says operation of Albeni Falls Dam on the Pend Oreille River over the last 57 years is causing the Clark Fork River Delta to erode at a rate of about 5 to 8 feet a year. She says several hundred acres have been lost.
Cousins says the delta is important for resident and migratory wildlife, as well as improving water quality.
Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com