The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and the Lake Michigan Stakeholders sponsor the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards: an environmental award program that honors outstanding achievements in three categories:
Water-Resources Protection: Projects that improve or restore degraded reaches of streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands in the Lake Michigan basin; or monitoring programs that can lead to improvements. Management actions that protect and improve the Lake Michigan fishery will also be considered.
Environmental Education and Outreach: Projects that advance knowledge and understanding of environmental issues, principles and stewardship through innovative communication and education methods.
Land-Use Protection and Habitat Restoration: Efforts of individuals or groups that are developing projects to restore and/or protect unique or endangered regional ecosystems.
An additional award recognizes a policymaker who has led efforts to protect and enhance the resources of Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes.
Nominations are open to any group, program, organization, business or individual in the Lake Michigan Basin. We seek nominations of individuals, groups and businesses that have gone beyond the normal scope of work on the restoration, improvement or enhancement of Lake Michigan and its watersheds.
The awards will be presented at the annual Lake Michigan Day on August 9 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc. Find nomination criteria at lakemichiganstakeholders.org/champions, and nominate your favorite champion by May 1.