Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:00 am - 11:30 am - FULL
Friday, October 18, 2013, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Meet at Falls Park in Post Falls, ID
305 W 4th Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854
From I-90, take the Spokane St Exit (exit 5) in Post Falls and then go south on Spokane Street. Turn right on W 4th Ave and follow the road about a ¼ mile to Falls Park (parking lot on the left).
Engineering and sciences come alive when you explore them at a dam. A Hydro Safety, Security & EAP Coordinator and a Chief Operator from Avista's Post Falls dam are our tour guides as we see spill water, the power house, the control room, the generator deck, and the dam and all the construction and maintenance workers it takes to keep producing hydroelectricity for our area.
The Post Falls Hydroelectric Development is located in northern Idaho, nine miles downstream of Coeur d'Alene Lake. It was constructed where the Spokane River branches into three separate channels. The development includes a dam in each channel. Besides producing electricity, the development affects water levels in Lake Coeur d'Alene and parts of the Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe and St. Maries rivers during the summer recreation season. The middle channel dam includes the powerhouse, which contains six generating units. Five were operational by 1908; the sixth was added in 1980.
The City of Post Falls operates two public parks surrounding the development. Both parks were cooperatively developed, primarily with Avista-donated land and funding. Adjacent to the North Channel Dam lies Falls Park. Dedicated in June 1993, the park offers paved trails, a viewpoint with ADA-accessible ramp, playground equipment, a picnic area, a fishing pond for children, and a series of interpretive signs describing the early history of the dams and surrounding area. Adjoining the South Channel is Q'emiln Park, which contains picnic shelters, swimming and boat launching facilities, and an extensive system of hiking trails.
Want to know more about the pros and cons of dams before or after your field trip? Then visit the dam debate at HowStuffWorks.com. FEMA may tell us, "Dams provide a range of economic, environmental, and social benefits, including recreation, flood control, water supply, hydroelectric power, waste management, river navigation, and wildlife habitat." But Jacques Leslie, author of Deep Water: The Epic Struggle over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment, explains: "The world's dams have shifted so much weight that geophysicists believe they have slightly altered the speed of the earth's rotation, the tilt of its axis, and the shape of its gravitational field."
Age: This presentation is ideal for grades 4-6 but all students are welcome.
What to bring: Camera (You can take pictures everywhere except the control room). There are picnic shelters at Falls Park so you are welcome to bring your sack lunch to enjoy at the Park before or after your tour time.
Note: This tour will be mostly outside so dress accordingly. Only closed-toed shoes please.
Tour limit: 25 people