Community Awards

About the Clean Lakes Community Awards

The Clean Lakes Community Awards recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, volunteers, businesses, farmers, and other groups working to protect our Yahara lakes. The awards honor the dedication of individuals and groups making a difference in our watershed.

Award Categories

  • New Lake Partner of the Year (business/organization): A new Lake Partner for Clean Lakes Alliance showing a level of commitment that goes beyond a first-time financial contribution.
  • Volunteer of the Year (individual/group): A dedicated individual or group of volunteers working to restore and preserve our Yahara lakes.
  • Lake Leadership (individual/group): An individual or business, government entity, or organization leading by example and demonstrating their commitment to being a catalyst for healthy lakes.
  • Project of the Year (individual/group): An initiative or project that improves the health of the Yahara Watershed
  • Founders Award (individual/business/organization): A devoted individual, business, or organization that has provided foundational support to Clean Lakes Alliance and our Yahara lakes.
Clean Lakes Community Awards
2018 Community Awards

Note: Awards may not be handed out in each category ever year. The selection committee reserves the right to move a nominee to a different category.

Congratulations to our 2020 Clean Lakes Community Awards recipients!

CleanLakesCommunityAwardWinners 2020
2020 Clean Lakes Community Awards Recipients

In addition, we recognized volunteer water quality monitors who have served for five years. Thank you to Kitty Brussock, Ada Hazen, Arlene and Jeff Koziol, Tim Lechmaier, Terri Lefebvre and Joe Campshure, Allan Levin!

Clean Lakes Community Awards History:

  • New Lake Partner of the Year - Patrick Ellestad of Edward Jones
  • Individual Lake Leadership Award - Jackie Hering of the Big Swell Swim series
  • Business Lake Leadership Award - Highland Spring Farm
  • Volunteer of the Year - MSCR Pontoon Program
  • Founders Award - Greg Dombrowski
  • Urban Project of the Year - Trash Talkers
  • Rural Project of the Year - Yahara Pride Farms' manure composting program
  • Lake Champion - Joanna Burish
    In addition, we recognized volunteer water quality monitors who have served for five years. Thank you to Jill Storms Ball, George Benton, Mark Jung, Zak Redding, Kim Sprecher, Janet Van Vleck, and Ken Walz! Read more about our 2019 award recipients.2019 Clean Lakes Community Awards Recipients

    2019 Clean Lakes Community Awards Recipients

  • Lake Stewardship Lumley Leadership Award - Lloyd Eagan
  • Volunteerism Lumley Leadership Award - Marta Gialamas, Chas Martin, and Tina Noel
  • Organizational Commitment Lumley Leadership Award - Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Volunteer of the Year - Marilee Gorman

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