Les Monostory, Fayetteville, N.Y.
Monostory founded the Central New York chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in 1989, and since then he has devoted himself to the reclamation of Onondaga Lake. The chapter hosts an annual fishing tournament at the lake to raise awareness of industrial contamination (Monostory says fishing there would have been unthinkable 30 years ago). And through Project Watershed, which Monostory helped start in 1994, the group engages high school and elementary students in both water-quality monitoring and debris removal in the lake's tributaries. "Working with pollution issues--it's not an overnight thing," he says.