Libby Dam wins national award

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 2009 Natural Resources Management Project of the Year award has been given to the staff at Libby Dam, a 525-MW facility on the Kootenai River in Montana.

The national award recognizes the staff’s high level of team achievement, innovative ideas and stewardship of the project’s resources. The staff, which manages nearly 2,000 acres, was judged in six areas: Management efficiency; public involvement; public safety; management effectiveness; partnerships; and environmental compliance and stewardship.

“The Corps’ goal is to be a great organization in all we do,” said Libby Dam Project Manager Mick Shea. “What the staff found at Libby Dam, working together in teams, both large and small, is the best way to accomplish that level of performance.”

Libby Dam was the first Corps project to comply with new, stricter environmental standards. What’s more, the staff has received national attention for setting up the Eagle Cam, a surveillance camera of an eagle nest in Souse Gulch that can be viewed online.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment and a real reflection of the quality of the Libby Dam staff and how well people work together here,” said Kirsten Kaiser, the Corps’ Natural Resources Manager.

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