Dave Ford, Bob Potocnik, Craig Regalia (1991)

About the Award


This 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. 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. The award is for professionals and other related disciplines working in water resources. Nominees can be from any discipline and can represent work such as research, administration, engineering, etc. Politicians and current members of the Planning Committee are excluded.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for the annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in Water Resources, an individual should have an extended history of contributions related but not limited to:

  • Accomplishments contributing to the betterment of the waters of Minnesota.
  • Contributions to the success of the people working with and around the nominee through collaboration, inclusive leadership, and mentoring.
  • Unpaid public service to benefit Minnesota’s waters.
  • Advancement of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in workplaces and communities.

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Past award recipients of the renamed Dave Ford Water Resources Award

2003Heinz G. Stefan2014Roland Sigurdson
2005Marcel Jouseau2015Bruce Wilson (Respec)
2006Ron Harnack2016Cliff Aichinger
2007Patrick Brezonik2017Dan R. Engstrom, Kent Johnson
2008Steve Heiskary2018Suzanne Jiwani
2009James L. Anderson2019Al Kean, Bruce Montgomery
2010Nels Nelson2020Deb Swackhamer
2011Timothy Scherkenbach2021Mike Trojan
2012Barbara Liukkonen2022Rebecca Flood, Andrea Hendrickson
2013John Gulliver2023Mark Doneux, John Nieber

Past Award recipients of Earl Kuehnast Award

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