- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Federal officials are seeking public comment on a proposed $200 million project to upgrade the Hungry Horse Dam over the next decade.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (https://bit.ly/1SXllre ) that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is conducting an environmental assessment on the proposed project, which would likely include the replacement of the dam’s four turbines, which have been in service since 1953.

Project manager Chris Vick says if all goes according to plan, work could begin in 2017 and be completed as early as 2025.

The Bonneville Power Administration would cover the costs to modernize the facility.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Glacier National Park have expressed support for the project, but asked the bureau to consider any negative impacts to aquatic life the overhaul could pose.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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