The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) and LMS sponsor the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards. This environmental awards program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of any individual, business, organization, or policy maker in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout the Lake Michigan basin. The awards honor those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment in their respective fields. Winners of the 2017 Awards will be announced on Lake Michigan Day, August 11th.
2016 Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation
Individual Award, Water Resources Protection: John Kennedy formerly from NEW Water in Green Bay, for his vision to launch, maintain, and grow one of the largest freshwater databases on the Great Lakes. His data monitoring program is celebrating 30 years of monitoring the lower Fox River and lower Green Bay water quality. This monitoring program has helped us understand the leading water quality issues in this region;
Business Award, Water Resources Protection: Stantec Consulting Services for creating partnerships in several local and regional projects and initiatives where they provide much of the “sweat equity” necessary to get projects off the ground including grant writing and necessary background for funding. Stantec staff Jon Gumtow and Melissa Curran also led meetings which brought together the various stakeholders representing community organizations and NGOs, state and federal agencies, and concerned citizens to clarify the needs, process, solutions, planning, etc. for all these projects. Jon and Melissa have been an asset as consultants on many of LNRP’s and Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve’s initiatives and programs;
Community Organization Award, Water Resources Protection: Lakeshore Tae Kwon Do, represented by Mark Weber, for their community-minded assistance with beach clean ups with the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed, bringing an average of 30 helpers twice a year since 2012 to clean area beaches of litter at Red Arrow Park. In addition, when improvements were made to the beach through the City of Manitowoc, Lakeshore Tae Kwon Do stepped up to help restore the beach grass to improve habitat;
Policy Maker, Land Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada for his instrumental role in several recent successful large-scale initiatives to improve and protect Lake Michigan natural and cultural resources in the City of Port Washington, Ozaukee County, and the Lake Michigan basin. Mayor Mlada was a central figure in the development, advocacy and submittal of an extremely competitive Mid-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary proposal to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).