2007 Winners

Avista Utilities

The Clark Fork Hydroelectric Project (FERC License 2058), is owned and operated by Avista Utilities, and consists of the Cabinet Gorge and Noxon Rapids hydroelectric developments.

With the growing demands on the water in the Catawba-Wateree reservoirs and the new awareness of the Project’s storage limits, the challenge became one of finding the operating scenario that would balance the competing resource interests.

When the New York Power Authority received a federal license in 1953 to build its first generating facility, known today as the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, it set a new standard in hydropower development by including an unprecedented degree of conservation and recreational features in its plans.

In 2000, a single Alabama Power employee with a heart for the environment and his community organized a river clean-up event that would later grow into the nationally-recognized Southern Company initiative, Renew Our Rivers. Since that time, over 7 million pounds of debris have been removed from the waterways of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.