Dave Ford, Bob Potocnik, Craig Regalia (1991)

Originally known as the Kuehnast Award, the Dave Ford Water Resources Award was created in 2003, renamed for esteemed DNR hydrologist Dave Ford, who died prematurely from cancer in January 2003. Dave Ford was highly regarded by his water resources colleagues, who sought to honor him with an award to be presented to others in the field who also have made an indelible impact on Minnesota’s environmental landscape. Dave had an excellent theoretical understanding of various computer simulation models, along with the practical knowledge to effectively use those models to address a variety of water resource management issues. But, more importantly, he was a teacher, a mentor, a collaborator and a friend.

Dave Ford Award Criteria

To be considered for the annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in Water Resources, an individual should have an extended history of contributing to the betterment of water resources in Minnesota. Nominees can be from any discipline and can represent aspects such as research, administration, engineering, etc.

  • The Water Resources Award honors a person for significant long-term achievement or public service in Water Resource management, who exhibits the collaborative leadership style of Dave Ford.
  • Lifetime achievement can be within the person’s agency or company. Water resource achievements outside the agency/firm receive extra credit. Unpaid public service in water resources also receives extra credit.
  • The award is for professionals and other related disciplines working in water resources. Politicians and current members of the Planning Committee are excluded.
  • There will only be an award when there is agreement that an individual truly has made a significant contribution to Minnesota Water Resources. In some years, there will not be an award. In some years, more than one award may be given.
  • While the award is generally for lifetime achievement, it (or some other recognition) can be given to an individual for a particularly important one-time contribution to Minnesota Water Resources.

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Past award recipients of the renamed Dave Ford Water Resources Award

Year Recipient Year Recipient
2003 Heinz G. Stefan 2014 Roland Sigurdson
2005 Marcel Jouseau 2015 Bruce Wilson (Respec)
2006 Ron Harnack 2016 Cliff Aichinger
2007 Patrick Brezonik 2017 Dan R. Engstrom, Kent Johnson
2008 Steve Heiskary 2018 Suzanne Jiwani
2009 James L. Anderson 2019 Al Kean, Bruce Montgomery
2010 Nels Nelson 2020 Deb Swackhamer
2011 Timothy Scherkenbach 2021 Mike Trojan
2012 Barbara Liukkonen 2022 Rebecca Flood, Andrea Hendrickson
2013 John Gulliver    

Past Award recipients of Earl Kuehnast Award

Year Recipient
1986 Earl Kuehnast
1987 Ed Bowers
1991 Peter Fischer
1992 Howard Midje
1999 Ron Nargang