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NHA recognizes excellence in hydroelectric power industry

The National Hydropower Association recognized eight companies through its Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters (OSAW) award program for their efforts in developing hydroelectric power and related projects.

The ceremony -- held during the NHA's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this week -- recognized the projects for their "extraordinary operational, recreational, historical, environmental or educational value as part of their normal hydropower operations."

"Leading through example, these awardees have raised the bar on excellence for the entire industry," NHA Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci said.

Honored for their work in the Recreational, Environmental and Historical Enhancement category were:

Honored for Operational Excellence were:

Honored for Public Education were:

"The efforts that have been 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," Ciocci said.

The OSAW award program traces its roots to the NHA's Hydro Achievement Awards, which has, since 1994, recognized organizations and projects committed to excellence in the development and operation of

Winners are selected by a panel that includes representatives from across the hydroelectric industry and media interests who judge the project and programs on their initial challenges, innovations, collaborations with stakeholders and results.

More information about past OSAW winners can be found on the NHA's website,

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