Ralph Bednarz is a retired limnologist after a 35 year career in environmental protection and water resources management with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Bednarz managed Michigan’s inland lakes water quality monitoring and assessment programs. He was responsible for the implementation of the 2007 and 2012 National Lakes Assessment (NLA) in Michigan, and he served as a national trainer for the 2012 NLA. Mr. Bednarz coordinated the development and implementation of the Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) volunteer water monitoring network, including the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP). He is working to advance protective lakes management programs in Michigan by serving on the Boards and committees of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), Michigan-NALMS affiliate; Michigan Waterfront Alliance; Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership; and Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, including the Certified Natural Shoreline Professions program. Mr. Bednarz is also working to protect high quality lakes and healthy watersheds in northwest Michigan, one lake one shoreline at a time, by assisting and educating local units of government and lake associations on protective lakes management strategies. He facilitated the formation of the Rennie Lake Association, Grand Traverse Co., MI and he serves as its current president. He has a M.S. degree in Limnology from Michigan State University.