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Subject:   City Light Named Outstanding Steward of America's Waters
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4/11/2008  10:00:00 AM
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City Light Named Outstanding Steward of America's Waters
National Association Honors Best Practices in Climate-friendly, Affordable, Renewable Energy

SEATTLE Seattle City Light will be named as one of five Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters by the National Hydropower Association on Monday.

"The Outstanding Stewards of America's Waters program demonstrates the true innovation taking place in the hydropower industry today," said Linda Church Ciocci, executive director of the National Hydropower Association. "These projects highlight, in the clearest terms, how power production and environmental protection can work hand-in-hand."

The award recognizes Seattle City Light's collaborative work with the Skagit Watershed Council, three Skagit tribes, the Nature Conservancy and other stakeholders to develop and launch fish recovery plans, complete research to guide recovery actions, acquire and restore critical habitats and build support for the recovery of multiple fish species in the Skagit River watershed.

"The Skagit River is an incredible resource for people, fish and wildlife and Seattle City Light is committed to operating in an environmentally friendly way," City Light Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. "It's the right thing to do and when you do right by the environment, we all reap the rewards."

The National Hydropower Association's selection panel, including representatives from industry, environmental and recreational interests, determined the winners based on their programs' challenges, innovation, collaboration with stakeholders and results.

City Light is one of three utilities receiving the association's award in recreational and environmental enhancement. The other winners in that category were Brookfield Power in New York and the Yuba County Water Agency in California. Chelan County Public Utility District in Washington and the San Diego County Water Authority in California received awards for operational excellence.

The award will be presented to Seattle City Light at the association's annual conference in Washington, D.C. For more details on the awards, please visit www.outstandingwaters.org.

The Skagit is the only river in Washington that supports all five species of salmon, plus steelhead and bull trout. It also is home to the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

Seattle City Light's Skagit Hydroelectric Project has provided electricity to the utility's customers since 1924 and currently produces about 17 percent of the utility's energy supply.

Seattle City Light is the ninth largest public utility in the U.S. serving more than 380,000 customers in the City of Seattle and seven suburban cities. City Light was the first electric utility to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions every year starting in 2005.

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