The National Hydropower Association has named three new recipients of its Outstanding Stewardship of America’s Rivers award recognizing North American hydro operators. The industry group also honored four repeat winners for outstanding stewardship, during NHA’s annual conference, April 2-5.
The newest winners are:
o Alcoa Power Generating, for its release of water into bypassed reaches of the Little Tennessee and Cheoah rivers, and protection of nearly 10,000 acres of land within the Little Tennessee River watershed in Tennessee and North Carolina;
o Holyoke Gas &Electric Co., for constructing bald eagle nests near the Connecticut River in Massachusetts; and
o Southern Co., for helping volunteers remove 2 million tons of trash from the Black Warrior, Chattahooche, Chattooga, Coosa, Flint, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Tallapoosa, and Tullulah rivers in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Repeat winners include:
o Avista Utilities, for protecting more than 1,800 acres, including critical habitat for bull trout on a tributary of the Clark Fork River in Montana and Idaho;
o PPL Montana, for restoring more than 3,000 acres of wetland, riparian, and upland habitats along the Madison and Missouri rivers in Montana;
o Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1, for improving fish passage at its Columbia River dams in Washington; and
o Tacoma Power, for constructing 100 acres of elk forage fields in the upper Nisqually River Basin in Washington.
Industry and environmental experts chose the winners for their work to preserve and enhance the environment. Details of each of the projects are on the Internet at www.outstandingrivers.org.
Hydro Achievement award winners honored
NHA named Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1, Grant County Public Utility District, and New York Power Authority winners of its 2006 Hydro Achievement awards.
Chelan County won the public education award for “River of Power,” a fourth-grade education program that includes classroom work and a visit to 1,236.6-MW Rocky Reach Dam (No. 2145) in Washington. Grant County won in the technological solutions category for installation of an advanced-design turbine at Wanapum Dam, part of the 1,893-MW Priest Rapids project (No. 2114) in Washington. NYPA received the recreational stewardship award for collaborative efforts with northern New York communities to improve recreation as part of relicensing the 912-MW St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt project (No. 2000).
Georgia Power Co. received honorable mention for public education for its educational package on relicensing the 16.8-MW Morgan Falls project (No. 2237) in Georgia. Seattle City Light received honorable mention in the technological solutions category for enhancing salmon habitat in the South Fork Tolt River in Washington.
Corso wins Kenneth Henwood Award
Ron Corso, senior project manager with Mead &Hunt and a 48-year veteran of the hydropower industry, received the Kenneth Henwood Award. The award, NHA’s highest honor, recognizes individual leadership and dedication to hydropower as an energy technology. Corso accepted the award April 4.
Corso joined Mead &Hunt in 1995, the same year he retired from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after a 37-year career. Corso served in a number of positions at FERC, including that of director of the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections.