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2018 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Awards

The OSAW application portal is closed and will reopen this fall
Click here to view the 2018 OSAW Winners


Hydropower’s proven track record of providing a domestic source of clean, renewable, and reliable electricity for more than 125 years is no accident. It has taken hard work, perseverance, creativity, innovation, and a collaborative spirit. Today, these same values are also driving a new generation of marine energy projects that harness the power of oceans, tides, man-made conduits and other waterways, in addition to rivers. 

As an industry, we recognize the organizations that examplify these values with the Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters (OSAW) Awards. Annually, we honor deserving organizations in the hydropower industry for projects that exhibit exemplary operational, educational, historical, recreational, or environmental enhancement and stewardship. The OSAW awards are presented at NHA's Waterpower Week in Washington, in Washington, DC. 


  • OSAW Applications are due February 9th.  You can start your application now and save it to be completed later!
  • Winners will be notified in February 2018.
  • The award ceremony will take place during the 2018 Waterpower Week in Washington, April 30-May 2, 2018 in Washington, DC.   

Do you have a project that you think is worthy of OSAW recognition?


  • Specific projects, programs, activities or events pertaining to hydropower in the United States or Canada that meet the three category criteria.
  •  An application for a specific accomplishment may be submitted in only one category; however, an applicant may submit applications for multiple different accomplishments.
  • An accomplishment, or the intended effect or result of an accomplishment, must have occurred or have been substantially realized in 2017.


Up to three awards will be presented for each of the three categories. For each application, the submitted accomplishment must be clearly identified and have tangible results for activities undertaken in the year 2017.  

  1. Operational Excellence
  2. Public Education
  3. Recreational, Historical, & Environmental Enhancement

Judging Criteria

  • Challenge (30%)
  • Innovation (30%)
  • Results (30%)
  • WOW Factor (10%)     

Application Guide

T​o learn more about the OSAW Awards, click here to download the OSAW Applicant Guide for detailed information on eligibility, categories, and helpful hints when applying. 

Click here to Submit Your Application

    2017  Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award Winners

    OSAW Award for Public Education: Chelan County PUD and Foundation for Water and Energy Education 

    OSAW Award for Recreational, Environmental & Historical Enhancement:Tacoma Power

    OSAW Award for Operational excellence: We Energies

    OSAW Award for Recreational, Environmental & Historical Enhancement: Snohomish County Public Utility District