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News release: BPA employees' skills on display at Oregon Tradeswomen's Career Fair - 05/14/18

PR 09-18

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2018

Portland, Ore. – Bonneville Power Administration employees will participate in the Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2018 Career Fair on May 18 and 19 at National Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training center. BPA representatives will share their experiences and demonstrate some of the skills they use to keep hydropower flowing in the Northwest.

The Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair features workshops and exhibits staffed by volunteers who are successful in their careers and are committed to encouraging women and young girls to explore opportunities in non-traditional fields.

“The career fair is an opportunity for BPA to reach out to women and girls who are interested in vocations vital to the utility industry,” said Janet Herrin, BPA’s chief operating officer. “We strive to promote a diverse, inclusive work environment, and this event gives us the chance to reach out to our future workforce and promote BPA and the Department of Energy as employers of choice.”

Cristi Sawtell has represented BPA at the annual career fair for more than a decade. She says finding success in non-traditional careers takes a tremendous amount of courage, strength and initiative. She believes events such as the Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair are critical to encouraging girls and women to think about their futures in a new way.

“Every year I see participants get involved in activities and I see a spark when they realize these are exciting careers that are within their reach,” said Sawtell, who was BPA’s first female lineworker and is currently a transmission field compliance specialist. “This career fair provides a good variety of hands-on activities, the majority of them being led by women.”

The event takes place at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center at 16021 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon. Sawtell and other BPA tradeswomen will be speaking to students attending with their schools on May 18, and to the public May 19 at the Careers for Women Day. They’ll be discussing various opportunities in the trades and demonstrating skills such as surveying and exothermic welding, a process used by BPA’s high voltage electricians and lineworkers.

Bonneville Power Administration is a sponsor of the Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2018 Career Fair. Learn more about the event at www.tradeswomen.net/fair/ or contact Mary Ann Naylor of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. at 503-335-8200, extension 26, or 503-819-9201.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the nation, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and clean electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

BPA celebrates outstanding members of its workforce - 05/08/18

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration has honored more than two dozen outstanding individuals and two teams for their exceptional contributions to BPA’s mission, the electric power industry and the Pacific Northwest. 

On April 26, BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer presented the recipients with BPA’s highest honor, an Administrator’s Excellence Award. Mainzer highlighted the awardees’ initiative, innovation, superior service and courageous acts, citing the tremendous impacts they’ve had on BPA and the region.

“They value their teams, connect to BPA’s mission, and when you need them, you can consider it done,” said Mainzer at the awards ceremony held at BPA’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon. “These recipients have made a difference through their tremendous contributions to BPA’s public service mission of responsibly delivering affordable, reliable and renewable electric power to the people and businesses of the Pacific Northwest.”  

Since the annual awards program began in 2001, BPA has recognized 490 employees, retirees, members of the public, teams and contract personnel. Recipients are nominated by their peers and evaluated on numerous criteria, such as excellence in their chosen field, technical achievement, community outreach and innovation. Read about this year’s awardees. Click here for photos.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA

delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov.

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Pikeminnow season opens Tuesday, May 1 - Catch northern pikeminnow and get paid - 05/01/18

PORTLAND, Ore. – Help save young salmon and steelhead and make money too!

Tuesday, May 1, marks the beginning of this year’s Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery in the Columbia and Snake rivers. 

State fish and wildlife biologists have specially tagged and released up to 1,000 or more northern pikeminnow into the Columbia and Snake rivers, each worth $500. The program also pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer.  The more fish an angler catches, the more each pikeminnow is worth.  Last year the top fisherman in the program earned more than $83,000 in just five-months of fishing.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead each year.  Since 1990, anglers paid through the program, have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation from pikeminnow on young salmon and steelhead by approximately 40 percent since it began.

The 2018 Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery begins Tuesday, May 1, and is scheduled to run through Sept 30, 2018. 

Northern pikeminnow experts say the best place to fish early in the season maybe near The Dalles. That registration station also showed the highest number of catches last season (44,607 fish).

The program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.

For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.