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Originally licensed for 50 years by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 1961, the facilitys relicensing process was initiated in 2005. A Settlement Agreement signed by the City of Seattle, Pend Oreille PUD, the Kalispel Tribe, several state and federal agencies and two non-governmental organizations and a License Application were filed with FERC in March 2010 20th, 2013. The Project received a new 42-year operating license from FERC that adopts the Settlement Agreement terms and conditions almost completely on March 20th 2013. The new License includes formalizing existing project operations and numerous protection, mitigation and enhancement measures for the term of the new license