NHA merges award programs, calls for applications

The National Hydropower Association is taking applications until Dec. 15 for its Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Waters program, a merger of its previous Hydro Achievement Awards and Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Rivers programs.

NHA said it is merging the programs to promote, more effectively, recognition of organizations and to reflect the changing nature of the hydropower industry.

NHA created the Hydro Achievement Awards Program in 1994 to recognize organizations and projects committed to excellence in developing and operating hydropower. In 1999, the Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Rivers report was added to profile hydro’s ability to generate clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable electricity while protecting ecosystems. In 2006, NHA named three Hydro Achievement Award recipients and profiled seven recipients in its Outstanding Stewardship report. (HNN 4/18/06)

As many as three recipients are to be selected in each of the three categories in the new program: operational excellence; public education; and recreation and environmental enhancement. Applications will be judged on information provided for activities undertaken in the prior year.

An application form, including instructions for completing the document, is available in pdf format from NHA’s Internet site, www.hydro.org, under www.hydro.org/awards2007/index.cfm.

Winners are to be notified the week of Jan. 16, 2007. Awards are to be presented during NHA’s 2007 Conference, March 15-18, in Washington. (HNN 10/26/06)

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