On February 17, 1999, Avista Corporation filed an application for relicense of the existing 231-megawatt Cabinet Gorge and 466-megawatt Noxon Rapids projects located on the Clark Fork River in Idaho and Montana. Avista Corporation's proposed relicensing alternative for these two projects includes a comprehensive settlement agreement that was developed through the use of the Commission's Alternative Licensing Procedures and a collaborative approach during prefiling consultation. As part of the settlement agreement, Avista Corporation is proposing to use an adaptive management approach to implement the various protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures. The staff's recommendation is to relicense the project as proposed with additional measures to protect and enhance environmental resources. These measures include development and implementation of three plans to manage solid waste and waste water, herbicides and pesticides, and other hazardous substances. Staff is also recommending that Avista develop and implement a plan to monitor streambank profiles in the lower Clark Fork River to determine erosion rates and their relationship to the operations of the Cabinet Gorge Project.
United States Department of Energy Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, "Final Environmental Impact Statement Cabinet Gorge (No. 2058-014) and Noxon Rapids (No. 2075-014) Hydroelectric Projects Idaho and Montana" (2000). Final Environmental Impact Statements (ID). Paper 18.