Whooshh Innovations Enters Letter of Intent to Acquire Assets of Natural Solutions

Letter of Intent Signed for Innovative Fish Guidance Technology.

Seattle, WA, May 30, 2024 - Whooshh Innovations, a leader in fish passage solutions, announced today that it has executed a Letter of Intent to acquire the assets of Natural Solutions…A Dam Site Better! LLC (Natural Solutions), a company that has developed a patented "Flow Velocity Enhancement System" (FVES) for enhancing fish guidance in rivers.


The FVES is a system that creates a natural, directed flow in waterways where the original flow has been interrupted or disrupted by man-made structures, such as dams, weirs, or canals. The FVES uses hydrodynamic principles to generate flow cues that guide fish species to safe passage routes, such as fishways, bypasses, or spillways. The FVES has been tested and proven in numerous field studies, demonstrating significant improvements in fish passage efficiency. Recent tests in France have also shown the FVES to be an effective means of holding small schools of fish where tidal influence results in impingement at cold water intake screens.


"We are excited to add the FVES technology to our portfolio of fish passage solutions," said Vincent Bryan III, CEO of Whooshh Innovations. "The FVES fits perfectly with our mission to SAVE the fish, FEED the planet, GROW clean energy, and HEAL the environment. With the FVES, we can offer our customers yet another solution for better fish passage, especially in complex and challenging waterways where fish attraction is an issue, including downstream passage."


Jean Johnson, a principal of Natural Solutions, said: "There is just one company I want to carry forward our legacy into the market, and that is Whooshh Innovations. They have the vision, the expertise, and the commitment to make a positive impact on the world's fisheries and ecosystems. I am confident that they will take the FVES to the next level of success."


The Letter of Intent is subject to customary closing conditions, including due diligence and board approvals. The parties expect to complete the transaction in the summer of 2024.


About Whooshh Innovations

Whooshh Innovations is a Seattle-based company that develops and delivers innovative solutions for fish passage, fish handling, and fish sorting. Whooshh systems use proprietary technologies to gently and safely transport fish over dams, around barriers, or into hatcheries. Whooshh solutions have been deployed in North America, Europe, and Asia, helping to restore fish populations, protect biodiversity, and enable sustainable hydropower. For more information, visit www.whooshh.com.

About Natural Solutions

 

Natural Solutions is an innovative company dedicated to proving cost-effective, in-the-water solutions to the power industry. Natural Solutions is based out of Helena, Montana, with the majority of research and development having taken place on the Cispus and Cowlitz Rivers in western Washington.  The late Gordon Burns invented the patented technology, which has been tested in rivers and waterways in Europe and the United States for numerous fish species. 


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