NOAA 2005-R239
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5/12/05
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TVA RIVER SCHEDULING STAFF TO RECEIVE NOAA ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARD

The River Scheduling (RvS) staff of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been selected to receive the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Environmental Hero Award. The award will be presented during the annual National Weather Service/TVA meeting in Knoxville, May 18.

The River Scheduling Operations Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its staff of 70 is responsible for the storage and release of water from the TVA's integrated dam system. RvS staffers also monitor streamflow and rainfall gages throughout the TVA's 40,000 square mile watershed. In keeping with its long history of outstanding support for NOAA’s National Weather Service, the RvS staff has implemented new operational procedures to provide the National Weather Service three-day flood forecast and crest information along the main stem Tennessee River. This information is critical to the National Weather Service mission of protecting life and property in the Tennessee Valley.

Established in 1996, the Environmental Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission.

“NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities. America needs more environmental heroes like them.”

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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