SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has announced a deal with Avista Corp. that will speed the relicensing of hydroelectric dams on the Spokane River.
The tribe and the Spokane-based utility agreed to support the issuance of a single 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the hydro projects.
Avista will pay more than $150 million over the life of the deal to compensate the tribe and to protect the environment of Lake Coeur d'Alene, the source of the river. The tribe owns the lower one-third of the scenic lake.
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