WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Hydropower Association has recognized three companies through its Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters program for including “extraordinary” recreational, historical, environmental and educational values as parts of their normal operations.
This year’s OSAW recipients — New York Power Authority, PPL Montana and Tacoma Power — received their awards at NHA’s Annual Conference held earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
“Leading through example, these awardees have raised the bar on excellence for the entire industry,” says Linda Church Ciocci, NHA executive director. “The effort they have put into each of these projects is not only worthy of the prestigious OSAW awards, but is emblematic of the commitment our industry has made to enhance the communities and ecosystems of which we are a part.”
NHA conferred two awards in its Recreational, Environmental & Historical Enhancement category.
One, awarded to NYPA, recognizes the utility for its Little Beaver Island habitat improvement project. The area, on the Niagara River, was restored to its original wetland state and provides additional recreational benefits to the community.
PPL Montana was awarded for its Thompson Falls Upstream Fish Passageway. The project allows bull trout and other species access to hundreds of miles of the upstream Clark Fork River and is the first full-height fish passage ladder built specifically for bull trout in the U.S.
The last award, given to Tacoma Power in the Public Education category, recognizes the utility for its Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center. The center allows visitors to explore the connection between salmon and what it calls the “Five H’s” — hatcheries, habitat, high seas, harvest and hydropower — through a number of custom-built exhibits.
NHA’s OSAW selection panel includes representatives from across the industry and media.
For information about nominating projects for next year’s awards, visit OSAW’s website here.