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Events & Committees: NWHA Fall Workshop & Tour

Annual Conference Tech/Operations Seminar Small Hydro Workshop Fall Workshop & Tour
Young Professionals Group Women in Hydro Professional Group Calendar Events Archive

Resource materials from the 2013 Fall Workshop and prior years are in the Archive section.

2015 NWHA/NHA Fall Workshop & Tour

NWHA and NHA Logos October 14-15, 2015
sponsored by Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB)
Hilton Hotel, Eugene, Oregon
Tour of EWEB's Leaburg facility provided
Leaburg Facility

Registration Form: Click Here to Register Now

Click Here for the Agenda

Climate and the Future of Energy in the Pacific Northwest

What are the lessons learned in the hydro industry from this year’s low flow operations? How can these experiences help hydro maintenance and management professionals face future effects of climate change?

These conditions have created a number of challenges: a loss of fishery resource; diminished recreational opportunities; lower generation; wildfire damage. Other forces are at work as well: a changing energy mix; energy trading; the EPA’s Clean Power Plan; the Power Council's 7th Energy Plan. What will this mean to the future of energy in the Pacific Northwest?

The NWHA Fall Regional Workshop offers hydro professionals in the region the chance to come together to share their experience and perspectives on addressing current issues. Representatives from the National Hydropower Association and the Northwest Power Planning Council will also join us to provide a broader perspective on what to expect from Federal and regional developments. A detailed agenda of the workshop program is available online. Click Here for the Agenda!.

Welcome Tour-Reception

The 85-year old historic Leaburg project is located 45 minutes east of Eugene, OR and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The facility went into service in January, 1930 and continues operation from its McKenzie River diversion. The construction included innovative technological features such as the Broome Self-Closing Sluice Gate and three 100-foot long roller gates. The bas relief panels on the building were created by a nationally prominent sculptor. Be sure to note the art deco architecture of the powerhouse rarely seen in industrial settings. A special thanks to our tour sponsor CH2M Hill.

Following the tour we’ll gather at Oregon Electric Station for a networking reception.


October 14
11:45 a.m. - Check in for tour
12:00 p.m. - Tour leaves the hotel
5:00 p.m. - Tour returns
5:30 p.m. - Social at Oregon Electric Station

October 15
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Workshop

Make Your Own Hotel Reservations

A limited block of rooms have been set aside at a special discounted rate of $109 at the Eugene Hilton Hotel (where workshop sessions will be held). To make your reservations, please call 800-937-6660 or 541-342-2000. A complimentary shuttle service from the Eugene Airport is available for Hilton guests. (Note: 7 days cancellation notice required on all room reservations.)

Additional Sponsorships Available

There are additional opportunities available to sponsor this special event and showcase your support. Sponsorship is $1,000 and includes two registrations as well as the opportunity to display company literature in the workshop networking areas.

Workshop October



Members: $75 through
October 1; $125 after
Non-Members: $150 through
October 1; $200 after
Sponsors: $1,000*
Tour: $25

* Includes two registrations.

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Visit nwhydro.org or
contact Jan Lee,
NWHA Executive Director:
(503) 545-9420

2015 NWHA Fall Workshop and Tour Sponsors

2015 Fall Workshop and Tour Sponsors

2014 NWHA Fall Workshop & Tour
Embracing our Past--Planning for the Future

2014's Fall Regional Workshop on October 29th and 30th at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington focused on extending the longevity of our legacy hydropower projects through upgrades, refurbishment and life extensions, while meeting the needs of inland fisheries and safety concerns.

2014 Agenda: Click Here

2014 Fall Workshop Presentations

Below are the presentations given at the 2014 Fall Workshop. Click on the presenters name to download and view the presentation.


Bruce Howard, Avista

Mayor David Condon, City of Spokane

Federal Update

Jeff Leahey, Deputy Executive Director, National Hydropower Association
Policy & Public Affairs Update

Northwest Regional Update

Tom Karier, Eastern WA Member, Northwest Power & Conservation Council
Report from the Council

Hydro’s Culture of Safety

Safety for our workforce and the public is of paramount importance in the daily operation of hydroelectric projects. This session examined several approaches to increase safety awareness in the hydro industry. These approaches included workforce behaviors associated with infrastructure designs, mechanisms to memorialize workforce knowledge for the new generation of workers, programmatic changes targeting safety behavior, and lastly, examples of safety programs implemented with other industry sectors.

Moderator: John Gangemi, ERM


Bruce Meaker, Meaker Consulting
Memorializing Workforce Knowledge

Jeff Leahey, National Hydropower Association
NHA Incident Reporting Project - “Hydro Excellence”

Vern Porter, Idaho Power Company
Safety 4Life Program

John Kinsella, ERM
Examples of Industry Safety Programs

Kim DeRubertis, Consultant
Incidence Response: Lessons Learned

Regional Operations and Maintenance

Owners and operators of projects in the Pacific Northwest  discussed upgrades, refurbishment, special project features, project life extensions and other details. The panel highlighted ongoing activities in the hydropower industry designed to extend the life of projects and the challenges and opportunities faced.

Moderator: Brent Mahan, HDR


Ken Pflueger, Douglas County PUD
Wells Project Upgrades

Steve Wenke, Avista
Lessons Learned from Project Upgrades

Stan Hayes, MWH
Maintaining Hydro Fleets - a High-Level Perspective

Update on Upcoming Events and Programs

NWHA President Barbara Craig, Stoel Rives

Inland Fisheries

This panel discussed inland fisheries programs that were being implemented in collaboration with stakeholders and tribes. These recovery programs cover a variety of species, including bull trout, mountain whitefish, white sturgeon, westslope cutthroat trout and kokanee. The successes and challenges of these adaptive management fisheries programs on the Pend Oreille, Clark Fork and Mid-Columbia rivers were discussed by utility and agency representatives.

Moderator: Bao Le, HDR, Inc.


Al Solonsky, Seattle City Light Boundary Hydroelectric Project
Native Salmonid Conservation Program

Andy Dux, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Recovering Lake Pend Oreille Fisheries

Shana Bernall, Avista
Clark Fork River: Bull Trout Passage Program

Andrew Gingerich, Douglas County PUD
Middle Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Program

Avista Facilities Tour in Riverfront Park and
Social at the Steamplant

The tour was held the afternoon of the 29th. It included some of Avista's facilities located the downtown Hunting Park setting. It was followed by a social at The Steamplant. The tour provided attendees an opportunity to network with colleagues in a park setting. (Read more and map)

2014 Fall Workshop Sponsors

2014 Fall Workshop Sponsors



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