Vicki and Pat Springstead of Higgins Lake (Roscommon County) have received the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations’ 2014 “Riparians of the Year” award. The annual award was announced at the Michigan Inland Lakes Convention banquet in early May and presented to the Springsteads on June 25, 2014 during the ML&SA Board of Directors meeting held in Greenville. The award is presented annually to an organization or individuals whose lake or stream conservation and/or stewardship activities during the past year have best exemplified the mission and goals of ML&SA. Vicki and Pat have both devoted considerable time and energy to educating state legislators and the local community leaders about the ecological, economic and social importance of healthy inland lakes. The entire ML&SA family extends its appreciation to Vicki and Pat for their devotion to preserving and protecting our inland waters!