SPOKESMAN REVIEW PRIEST RIVER — Construction on Outlet Dam has been extended for another year, Idaho Department of Water Resources officials decided Friday.

Officials said the extension is needed to prevent lateral water flow, which causes erosion.

"[Water] is moving sideways instead of from top to bottom,” said Neeley Miller, senior resource planner at the Idaho Department of Water Resources on Monday. “The water is actually getting in below, and then moving up, under, and then moving down and coming back out.”

According to Miller, it is unclear what caused the abnormal water flow, but Miller said that they have identified a solution to the problem. PHOTO Pecky Cox 2021/2022

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