Albeni Falls Dam

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Albeni Dam
USACE Albeni Dam Idaho.jpg
Aerial view of the reservoir and dam
LocationBonner County, Idaho
Coordinates48°10′48″N 116°59′59″W / 48.18000°N 116.99972°W / 48.18000; -116.99972Coordinates: 48°10′48″N 116°59′59″W / 48.18000°N 116.99972°W / 48.18000; -116.99972
Construction began1951[1]
Opening date1955[1]
Construction cost$34 million[1]
Operator(s)United States Army Corps of Engineers
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsPend Oreille
Height90 ft (27 m)[2]
CreatesRaises Lake Pend Oreille
Power Station
Operator(s)U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Installed capacity42 MW[2]
Annual generation200,000,000 kWh[1]

Albeni Falls Dam is located on the Pend Oreille River between Oldtown, Idaho, and Priest River, Idaho. It is located on the site of a natural waterfall named Albeni Falls, named after early pioneer Albeni Poirier.[3][4]

Construction on the dam began in 1951 and was completed in 1955 at a cost of $34 million ($261 million[5] in 2007 dollars). It produces over 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year for the Bonneville Power Administration and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.[6]

The dam is 90 feet (27 m) high and 775 feet (236 m) long. Its spillway is 400 feet (120 m) long.

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  1. ^ a b c d United States Corps of Engineers. "Albeni Falls Dam". Retrieved 2015-01-11.
  2. ^ a b Kalispel Natural Resource Department (2014-03-09). "Yes, It's Happening…..Fish Passage on 6 Dams in the Pend Oreille & Clark Fork Rivers for Resident Fish" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-01-09.
  3. ^ "Project History". USACE. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  4. ^ Tudehope, Scott (Aug 25, 1980). "Naming towns in pioneer days was fast, easy - and personal". Spokane Daily Chronicle. p. 5. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis dollar worth calculator Archived January 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Dam Information". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2011.

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