2009 Winners

  • In the late 1990s the New York Power Authority (NYPA) embarked on what was to become one of largest and most successful collaborative relicensing processes ever attempted at its St. Lawrence-FDR hydroelectric project. As part of its relicensing collaborative, NYPA is constructing lake sturgeon spawning beds to increase opportunities for natural reproduction.

  • In spring 2008, Puget Sound Energy completed construction of a new floating surface collector (FSC) for the passage of downstream-migrating juvenile salmonids at the Baker River Hydroelectric Project in Washington state.

  • Vernon Station, one of New England’s most historically significant hydropower developments, will mark its first centennial of operation in 2009. TransCanada recently completed a major re-powering project to ensure that the Station will continue its role as a significant source of clean, renewable energy to the New England power market in the 21st century.

  • The Lower Yuba River Accord (Yuba Accord) concludes a 20-year California controversy and enables the Yuba County Water Agency to successfully operate the Yuba River Development Project for hydropower, irrigation, flood control, recreation and fisheries benefits — all in an innovative manner that surpasses the projects’ original requirements.