City Light Employees Win Awards for River Stewardship

Three Seattle City Light employees were honored recently for their work to protect the rivers that support our hydroelectric operations and the fish that live in them.

Three Seattle City Light employees were honored recently for their work to protect the rivers that support our hydroelectric operations and the fish that live in them.

Fish biologist Ed Connor won the Skagit Watershed Council Award for his contributions to salmon recovery in the Skagit River watershed.  Ed was commended for his contributions to the development of the watershed council’s strategic approach, the completion of the Middle Skagit restoration planning project, his participation in the Salmon Recovery Funding Board project review process, and for coordinating climate change research in the Skagit.  The watershed council extended its appreciation to Seattle City Light for Ed’s work and scientific expertise on salmon and ecosystem recovery in the Skagit.

Liz Ablow and Scott Powell won the American Fisheries Society Excellence in Riparian Management Award. Seattle City Light, along with Seattle Public Utilities and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, received a national Excellence in Riparian Management award from the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for the Tolt River Floodplain Reconnection Project. The project benefits Chinook salmon and other species by restoring 50 acres of Tolt River floodplain, while also enhancing recreational features at Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation.  The award was presented to City representatives at a fisheries society member’s breakfast during its annual conference in Seattle.  Liz Ablow and Scott Powell are the City Light Environmental Affairs staff who worked on this. 

The award winning work of these three employees is the latest example of City Light’s commitment to operating in an environmentally sensitive manner while still delivering reliable, low-cost electricity for our 400,000 customers. Congratulations Ed, Liz and Scott.