No-wake speed limit set on Pend Oreille River

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A “no-wake speed limit” has been placed on the Pend Oreille River in Pend Oreille County, Wash. Pend Oreille County officials said the action was necessary to prevent property damage due to the elevated level of the Pend Oreille River. The current level of the river is 2044.4 feet above sea level as measured at the Cusick gauging station.

The “no-wake speed limit” is activated as required in the Pend Oreille County Boating Safety Ordinance No. 2001-01, as revised July 8, 2002. Specifically the ordinance states, “Whenever the elevation, at the Cusick gauging station, is at or exceeds 2041 there shall be in effect a no-wake speed limit. The ordinance defines wake speed as a slow speed producing no wake and further does not exceed five miles per hour.

Public cooperation in reducing speeds on the river to prevent environmental and property damage is appreciated. no-wake speed limit are an infraction with a fine of $66.

The Pend Oreille County Department of Emergency Management is monitoring the river level on a daily basis. Current river level information can be obtained at the Pend Oreille PUD website at popud.org/flow-and-elevation or by calling 509-447-1988, the recording is updated as conditions change.

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