Periodically, McNALMS awards its Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the understanding of lakes, has provided leadership in addressing key lake issues, and has exhibited excellence in promoting lake ecology and/or management.
Past winners include Dr. Carlos Fetteroff (deceased), formerly Executive Secretary with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, 2006; Dr. Niles Kevern (retired), Professor Emeritus, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2010; Mr. Howard Wandell (retired), formerly Section Chief of the Inland Lakes Management Unit, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (now MDEQ) and past Executive Director, Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society, 2012; and Dr. Lois Wolfson, Distinguished Senior Specialist, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University, 2016.
This year's 2018 recipient of McNALMS' Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Ralph Bednarz. Dr. Bednarz has been a champion of lake protection on high quality lakes and has spent his professional career managing and protecting lakes in Michigan. Dr. Bednarz, now retired, was formerly with the Inland Lakes Management Unit in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The award was presented at the Michigan Inland Lakes Convention in Grand Rapids, MI on October 4, 2018.