The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a preliminary license for the 300-MW ­Badger Mountain pumped storage ­project planned for a site east of Wenatchee, Wash. [P-14892]. The closed-loop hydro facility, ­proposed by Boise-based Gridflex, features artificial ­reservoirs impounded by rock-fill dams and joined by surface conduits, along with a powerhouse and associated generation, pumping and ­transmission equipment (WPW No. 14 [15]). Plans call for an upper reservoir of 2,000 acre-feet and a lower reservoir of 2,600 acre-feet. Maximum gross head of the facility would be 1,620 feet, and annual gross generation is estimated to be 473,040 MWh (54 aMW). Under the preliminary permit terms, Gridflex must submit a development application for Badger Mountain within four years.

The Northwest fielded recipients of this year’s Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters, presented by the National Hydropower Association April 3 at its annual meeting. The Bonneville Power Administration’s Hydropower Flows Here messaging initiative won the Public Education award for programs that effectively communicate and promote hydropower benefits. Recognized for operational excellence was Snohomish County PUD’s water temperature conditioning efforts, undertaken after finding that water temperatures in its new fish passage system on the Sultan River were too cold to reintroduce migrating fish. Seattle City Light was recognized for recreational, environmental and historical enhancement, with its project to remove Mill Pond Dam and restore habitat in 6 miles of the Sullivan Creek channel.

Chelan County PUD’s Gregg Carrington received the Pamela E. Klatt Award at the Northwest ­Hydropower Association’s annual meeting in ­February. He was recognized for his 36-year career advancing hydropower in the region. He joined Chelan PUD in 1997 and now is the district’s ­en-ergy resources managing director.