The Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board

Past Water Stewardship Awards

2014 Award Winner Huck Krueger for his spectacular aerial photographs he has taken over the years using his Ultra-Lite.

Left to right: Jeff Frith, Manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, Huck Krueger, Duaine Ash, Chairman Ramsey County Water Resource District

On Thursday, December 4th 2014 the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board presented Huck Krueger of Devils Lake with the Devils Lake Basin Water Stewardship Award.  The award was presented to Mr. Krueger during the 51st Annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention & Irrigation Workshop’s Awards Banquet in Bismarck.  Mr. Krueger was nominated by the Ramsey County Water Resource Board for the contribution of his amazing aerial photos that gave a Birds-eye view of the impacts that the rising waters have had on farmland, roads, communities and rural residents within the Devils Lake Basin.

2010 Award Winners Judy Ziegler & Randy Benson for their rolls in the New City & Zion Township Creek Restoration Project.

From Left to Right: Larry Gellner, 2010 Joint Board Chairman, Judy Ziegler, Randy Benson.

Nominated by the Towner County Water Resource District and here are some of their comments concerning the project. "Over the years the creek had become full of sediment and it was overflowing its banks and drowning out farmland.  The project consisted of approximately 260 acres of wetland restoration via improved floodplain/wetland topographic complexity increasing surface variability and sediment removal.             

 

2009 Award Winners Curt Hofstad & Mike Connor

From Left to Right Anette Hofstad (Standing in for her husband Curt who was unable to attend); Duaine Ash, 2009 DL Joint Board Chairman; Michael Connor

CURT HOFSTAD….nominated by the Ramsey County Water Resource Board:  “Curt’s philosophy is that with good water management practices, agriculture and wildlife & fisheries prosper and along with that comes better recreation & economic development opportunities”

MIKE CONNOR…nominated by the Devils Lake Basin Board:  “Mike has a deep passion, both professionally and personally, for everything the Joint Board and its Water Management Plan stand for, his beliefs and tireless commitment to proper water stewardship should serve as an inspiration to us all”.   

2008 Award Winner the Late Russell L. Dushinske

Pictured Left to Right, Rick LaFleur, Nominator; Joel Skjei, Russel's Grandson; Jane Skjei, Russel's Daughter; Jack Zaleski, Nominator

Russ served on the Garrison Conservancy District Board for twenty years, four years on the State Water Commission and eight years as Chairman of the ND Wetlands Trust in addition to his day to day efforts as Editor of the Devils Lake Journal for 30 years.  During that time he served in a variety of other community efforts.

Russ served on the Garrison Conservancy District Board for twenty years, four years on the State Water Commission and eight years as Chairman of the ND Wetlands Trust in addition to his day to day efforts as Editor of the Devils Lake Journal for 30 years.  During that time he served in a variety of other community efforts.

Russ dedicated his entire life to the Devils Lake community & began his ‘water’ career in 1942 as a director of the ND Reclamation Assoc.   That dedication to water issues in the DL Basin and ND continued until his death in January 2006!

2007 Award

2007 Water Stewardship Award


2006 Award

2006 Water Stewardship Award
Robert Shirek (left) presents the 2006 Water Stewardship Award to Roger
HollevoetUSFWS, who was accepting on behalf of the Nikolaisen WPA

Nikolaisen Project Receives Stewardship Award - January 4, 2006

Robert Shirek, Chairman of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, presented the 2006 Devils Lake Basin Water Stewardship award to the Nikolaisen Waterfowl Production Area project at the Lake Region Extension Roundup in Devils Lake on January 4th.

The project is located 8 miles north of Cando in Towner County and involves land in Paulson and Gerrard Townships. The project included local landowners, local, state, and federal agencies and organizations. Benefits of the project include flood control, water quality maintenance, erosion control plus enhanced tourism, and economic diversity.

Shirek comments "Jobs were provided to local farmers, contractors, seed & fertilizer companies and culvert company for implementation of the project. The project is open to hunting, trapping, bird watching, photography, educational tours, and hiking."

The project was nominated by the ND Natural Resources Trust. The application noted "The project is a benefit to landowners, wildlife interests, and the community. It will support the Basin's fledgling livestock industry by using grazing as a grassland management tool."

The Devils Lake Basin Water Stewardship Award was created in 2002 as part of the 2002 Devils Lake Basin Water Management Plan which had just been updated this past year. Past Award winner include: Dry Lake-Grand Harbor Watershed Program (2004) and E.W. "Ernie" Hagen, and Minnewaukan School "OWLS" project in 2005.


2005 Awards

Earn Award - The Benson County Farmers Press, Volume 121, Number 50 - Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Water Stewardship Award to Ernie Hagen

The late Ernie Hagen of Devils Lake was presented the Water Stewardship Award posthumously for his many years of activities on behalf of water in this area. Shown are members of the Hagen family with Larry Gellner (seated, center) of Cavalier County, chairman of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board, which sponsors the annual award. Seated, left to right, are Harland and Marilyn Pederson of Devils Lake, Gellner and Roger Hagen and Bruce Hagen, both of Bismarck. Standing, left to right are Michael and Kristin Jones of Maddock (great-granddaughter of Ernie) and Caroline and Dr. Boyd Hagen of Lakota.

OWLS Project Wins Award

2005 OWLS

The Minnewaukan School's Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site (OWLS) Project was the winner of the 2005 Devils Lake Basin Water Stewardship Award, along with a posthumous award to longtime water activist Ernie Hagen of Devils Lake. The TOWLS Project, spearheaded by Lori Cline and Annette Schmid, features a stream and a wildlife-friendly environment on the school grounds. Present to receive the award at Devils Lake January 5 in conjunction with the Lake Region Extension Roundup were, seated left to right, Robin Greene, Crystal Welch, Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board chairman Larry Gellner, Charmayne Thomas, and Sarah Friestad. Middle row: Lori Cline, Travis Myklebust, Katie Clifton, Dawn Teigen, Brandi Weed, Carrie Hillebrand, Katrece Thompson, Louis Swiftbird, and Annette Schmid. Back row: science instructor Ed Tomlinson, Kenny Schmid, Aaron Tollefson, Alyssa Erickson, and Jordan Callahan. Back center: Ben Cline, Tyson Holy Bull, and Ben Grann. All students in grades7-12 are involved with the project.


2004 Awards


Joint Board chairman Carl Duchscher (2nd from right) presents the Stewardship award
to (l-r) Mark Blanchfield, John Peryle, Dan Webster, Byron Lannoye, and Wilton Webster

Kenner Marsh Project Gets Stewardship Award - Devils Lake Journal, January 9, 2004

A water management project was the recipient of the first Devils Lake Basin Water Stewardship award presented during the Lake Region Extension Roundup on Wednesday. The Dry Lake - Grand Harbor Watershed Management Project, better known locally as "Kenner Marsh" received the award which will be presented annually by the Devils Lake Basin Joint Resource Board.

The project is a cooperative management arrangement between local farmers, the Ramsey County Water Resource District, North Dakota Game & Fish, The Natural Resources Trust, and many other state and federal agencies.

Joint Board Chairman Carl Duchscher presented the award saying, "the 2004 Water Stewardship Award winner is a great example of a group of diverse interests, who do not always agree, working together for the benefit of the Devils Lake Basin and that State of North Dakota." The Stewardship Award is presented to an individual, group, or organization who have contributed to assisting with the implementation of the Joint Board's mission statement: "Development of a comprehensive, coordinated water management plan for the Devils Lake Basin that will protect the economic and biological values of the basin while providing optimum benefits for agriculture, wildlife/fisheries, recreation, and economic development for its citizens.

Other nominees for the award were Ramsey County's Gordon Berg and Towner County's Richard Lord. "Gordon has served generously for four decades as a leader in our community in various capacities. His passion is the stabilization of Devils Lake. His heart is truly in the Devils Lake Basin," Duchscher said. "Richard served on the Towner County Park Board for 22 years. He worked to improve fishing, water quality, and general recreation at the three parks in Towner County."

 

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