Crews work to redesign, restore Kootenai River

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 1:01 PM

KOOTENAI COUNTY-- The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is leading efforts to redesign the Kootenai River and restore the habitat. 

Officials say the main reason for the restoration will help with the decline of Kootenai River white sturgeon, which are a federally listed endangered species, and help battle shore erosion. 

The work is happening on a 55 mile stretch of river near Bonners Ferry.  Crews have already shut down an entire fork of the river and have pumped water out of it. 

Workers are attempting to improve the bed of the river to make it better for the fish.  Redesigning the shoreline will help fix the erosion problem.

The project was funded by the Bonteville Power Adminstration.

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