NHA invites hydropower plants owners, operators to nominate projects for recognition

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The National Hydropower Association is now accepting applications for the Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters (OSAW) awards program.

The awards date back to the Hydro Achievement Awards, which were created by the NHA in 1994 to recognize organizations and projects "committed to excellence in the development and operation of hydropower". NHA added the Outstanding Stewardship of America's Rivers (OSAR) Report in 1999 that profiles the "best examples of hydropower's ability to generate clean, renewable, reliable and affordable electricity while protecting the riverine ecosystem".

The two honors were merged in 2007 as the OSAW program.

"NHA established the OSAW awards as a way to encourage the industry to go above and beyond," NHA executive director Linda Church Ciocci said.

Applications are being accepted now through December 19 in three categories, including operational excellence; public education; and recreational, environmental and historical enhancement.

All nominations will be judged by a seven-member committee composed of NHA members across a spectrum of hydropower industry disciplines, with winners to be recognized during an award ceremony at the National Hydropower Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Full guidelines for eligibility can be found on the NHA's website here.

The NHA Annual Conference takes place April 27-29, 2015, at the Capital Hilton. Registration for the event is now open. For more information about the event, visit NationalHydroConference.com.

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