Lakes Commission meeting includes updates on CF driftyard, water rights

By Lyndsie Kiebert
Reader Staff

The Lakes Commission has announced the agenda for its fall board meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 4 in the Columbia Bank Building downstairs next to Tango Cafe.

A crew from Idaho Fish and Game seeding, planting and monitoring the Clark Ford Driftyard. Photo by Katherin Cousins, IDFG.

The agenda, which is comprised of half a dozen items each slated to last 20-30 minutes, includes updates from several agencies regarding projects affecting waterways across the Idaho Panhandle.

Nate Hall and Eric Oldenburg of Avista are set to present on the Cabinet Gorge Fish Passage Project, followed by an update on the Clark Fork Driftyard improvements from Amanda Collins, who serves as Albeni Falls Dam Operations program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Next up, an to-be-announced official from the Idaho Department of Agriculture will provide an update on the Idaho Aquatic Invasive Species program. After a 10-minute mid-meeting break around 10:30 a.m., Doug Jones of the Idaho Department of Water Resources will present on operations at the Priest Lake Water Management Outlet Dam.

Bonner County Road and Bridge Director Steve Klatt is then set to share updates on the Priest Thorofare Project and, finally, Sen. Jim Woodward, R-Sagle, will provide a briefing on the North Idaho water rights adjudications, which are currently being discussed in the Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Basin.

The meeting, which is open to the public, wraps up with a comment and question period around 11:40 a.m.

Those with questions about the meeting can reach Lakes Commission Executive Director Molly McCahon at 208-263-5310, extension 107, or at [email protected]

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