Stormwater Awards

On February 6, 2020, the 2019 Stormwater Award winners were honored for their outstanding achievements. These individuals, communities, groups and organizations exemplify SMC’s core mission of flood damage reduction, water quality improvement, natural resource protection, and enhancement. Lake County is very fortunate to have this level of collaborative dedication and investment to stormwater management.

Please join us in extending a huge congratulations to this year’s award winners:

  • Richard A. Welton Stormwater Manager of the Year – Jim Bakk
  • Stewardship of the Year – Andy Hay
  • Community of the Year – City of Highland Park
  • Development of the Year – Synergy Flavors, Inc.  
  • BMP Project of the Year – Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Education, Outreach and Media Award – WRLR 98.3FM – Grayslake’s Meadowview Elementary School

Since 2006, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) Stormwater Awards Program has recognized outstanding efforts by organizations, communities, groups, and individuals for projects and other proactive and innovative efforts to improve water quality, reduce flooding, and help restore the natural drainage system. If you know of something or someone who fits this description, please nominate them for one of the following award categories:

  • Community of the Year
  • Best Management Practice of the Year
  • Development of the Year
  • Education, Outreach, and Media Award
  • Richard A. Welton Stormwater Manager of the Year
  • Stewardship of the Year


  • Best Management Practice (BMP) and Development - Given for project or development that is designed and implemented with effective Best Management Practices to meet multi-objective benefits.
  • Community - A community who has participated in and/or led an effort to improve the watershed or components thereof.
  • Education, Outreach and Media - Individual reporter, newspaper, magazine, website, or other medium that has devoted articles or a series of articles on topics related to stormwater and floodplain management.
  • Stewardship - Volunteer individual or group who has shown exemplary leadership and service to improve a watershed via an innovative project or another proactive activity that changes how we approach watershed issues.
  • Richard A. Welton Stormwater Manager - A professional stormwater practitioner, professional group/individual, local/state/federal agency/individual that has positively impacted one or more of Lake County’s watersheds.

Past Award Winners

 View archive of past winners.