Champions Awards

The Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) and LMS sponsor the annual Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards. This environmental award program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements in three categories:

  • Water Resources Protection: Projects that improve or restore degraded reaches of streams or 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: Focuses on the efforts of individuals or groups developing projects for the restoration and/or protection of unique or endangered regional ecosystems.

  • Environmental Justice and Water Equity: Recognizes efforts of individuals or organizations who have done outstanding work that focuses specifically on providing equitable access to water resources or deliberate inclusion in the resolution of environmental problems among communities who may be disproportionately affected by environmental issues, such as communities of color and/or low income communities.

An additional award recognizes a policy-maker 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 located in the Lake Michigan Basin. We are looking for individuals, groups, and businesses that have gone beyond the normal scope of work on the restoration, improvement or enhancement of Lake Michigan and her watersheds.

The awards will be presented at the annual Lake Michigan Day on August 9th , 2019 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

Please Nominate Your Favorite Champion by May 1!


In presenting these awards, we hope to inspire our attendees to think about how you, too, can protect the incredible natural resources we are so blessed to have in this part of Wisconsin. You’ll never know the impact you can make until you try.

 2018 Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation

 2017 Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation