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 October 10, 2014      
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Our Gem Symposium Agenda now available


Click here to view the draft Our Gem Symposium Agenda at the Spokane River Forum Conference. Taking place on November 18th, the symposium agenda reflects unique partnering between The Community Water Resource Center, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and Vision 2030. "They're going to explore the synergy and balance of meeting the lake's environmental needs with the community's desires for growth and quality of life for the next generation," said Andy Dunau, the Forum's Executive Director. "The Coeur d'Alene area linking hands and efforts like this helps move the community toward securing a bright future."


Space for symposium participation is limited.


Register Now. Remember, early bird registration closes October 17th.  

Avista to build Nine Mile Dam boat take out in late October


The Spokane River Water Trail is set to gain another great asset this fall. As part of Avista's Spokane River Recreation Plan, the company will be building an access for carry-in-only boats on the south shore of Nine Mile Reservoir immediately upstream from Nine Mile Dam. Being done in cooperation with Riverside State Park, the new access site will include a five car parking area and trail to the river.


Construction will begin in late October when Avista draws down Nine Mile Reservoir up to 12 feet for approximately one week. This is in concert with the efforts to replace turbine generating units and other equipment that will modernize the hydro facility. The drawdown will also enable Avista to continue its efforts toward removing invasive flowering rush plants along the shoreline.

Seeking common ground on water issues


The Coeur d'Alene Press did a nice piece framing some of the bi-state issues that will be shared at the Forum Conference. Click here to read article.


And for those interested in the historical context and future trends for meeting water supply and water quality needs nationally, click here  for a very easy to read, excellent piece entitled "Our cities' water systems are becoming obsolete. What will replace them?" Conference sessions mirror many of the trends noted. Said Andy Dunau, the Forum's Executive Director, "When you read this you realize we are not alone, and in some ways very much in the vanguard of innovative solutions."


Register Now. Remember, early bird registration closes October 17th.

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