Hall of Fame Awards
Recognizes a member’s outstanding accomplishments in furthering the mission and goals of the League.
Ken is one of the co-creators of the Citizens Watershed Monitoring Program, which tests streams and rivers for markers of hydraulic fracturing wastewater: total dissolved solids, conductivity, temperature, and pH. He also helped develop a partnership with the Water Resources Institute at West Virginia University to create and maintain a database of test results. Ken has trained numerous volunteer stream monitors at the Harry Enstrom Chapter (where he currently serves as president) as well as the League’s Monongalia Chapter in West Virginia, and he is viewed by the community as a resource on water and air pollution concerns. Ken rallies local communities to challenge the often inadequate efforts or indifference of the state agencies charged with protecting Pennsylvania’s environment. He will never stop fighting for the health and safety of his neighbors and their children.
Dr. William H. Roberts:
Bill embraced the League’s Save Our Streams program and Clean Water Challenge with an enthusiasm that is spreading throughout his chapter and community. He chairs the Lois Green-Sligo Chapter’s Conservation and Save Our Streams Committees and the Maryland Division’s Save Our Streams Committee. Bill has fostered partnerships with numerous local groups – including churches, youth organizations, and outdoor sports clubs – and engaged them in stream monitoring. He has broken down barriers for community partners who would like to monitor water quality, including by working with chapter leaders to create a shared supply of monitoring equipment that partners can use. A certified Master Naturalist, Bill also volunteers at local schools to teach stream monitoring, macroinvertebrate identification, data collection, and stream stewardship – all with the goal of molding the next generation of conservationists.
Recognizes member contributions to conservation in the name of the League.
Rick Cerwick: Rick chairs the Des Moines Chapter’s Iowa Outdoor Expo For Kids and Families – a free event that attracts thousands of people to learn about hunting, fishing, shooting sports, camping, water sports, conservation, and more. Rick also works on wildlife conservation and hunter education issues on behalf of the League in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines Parks and Recreation, and the Conservation Districts of Polk and Warren Counties.
Russell Ireland: A member of the Monongalia County Chapter for more than 40 years, Rusty has a long history as an advocate for the Adopt-A-Highway program (and its predecessors), including as chapter liaison with the state department of highways for the past 15 years to coordinate clean-up efforts along eight miles of highway. He is also part of the chapter team using the Citizens Watershed Monitoring Program to test local streams and rivers for markers of hydraulic fracturing wastewater.
Tamatha Patterson: A trained ecologist, Tammy’s professional experience with the U.S. Geological Survey gives her a unique perspective that she brings to the Porter County Chapter’s ongoing work to conserve the Kankakee River and Indiana Dunes. Her work on wind farm wildlife fatalities led to an interest in bat populations, and she led a chapter effort to study local bats and install artificial bat habitat on one of the chapter’s conservation properties.
Glenn Sigwalt: Glenn has been instrumental in the fish stocking program at the Illinois Division’s Giant Goose Conservation and Education Center, and he serves as a youth angling instructor at the Giant Goose and the Geneseo Chapter. Glenn builds bird, squirrel, and bat houses for the Geneseo Chapter to promote and enhance wildlife habitat, and some of these houses are sold to fund the chapter’s scholarship program. He is also instrumental in the chapter’s Adopt-A-Road program.
Steve Swanson: Steve works with youth at the Sioux Falls Chapter to promote shooting sports and a love of outdoor activities. He teaches youth to take care of the land by participating in ditch walks and other conservation efforts. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve shares his farming experience with youth at harvest time (what kid would pass up a chance to ride in a combine?) and mentors youth hunters on the farm.
Save Our Streams Awards
Recognizes outstanding work in environmental education and citizen activism for clean water.
Jeff Clow: Jeff assumed leadership of the Sioux Falls Chapter’s Save Our Streams program after the passing of his mentor, Roger Parham. In addition to heading up stream monitoring for the chapter, Jeff continued the chapter’s work with the Sioux Falls Water Festival, which brings in hundreds of school children to learn about water quality and how they can help keep their water clean.
Leslie G. Monostory: Les has been working to restore the Onondaga watershed for more than 40 years. As part of that effort, he helped create Project Watershed, which has engaged over 3,000 kids from more than 70 schools in cleaning up local waterways and monitoring water quality. In 1991, Les and fellow Central New York Chapter members began monitoring Beartrap Creek, a tributary of Onondaga Lake. When they documented a sharp decline in the creek’s water quality, state scientists confirmed that the creek had been contaminated with airplane deicer. Thanks to the volunteers’ monitoring data and advocacy efforts, the local airport agreed to build a deicer reclamation and treatment facility. By 2008, water quality had improved such that the creek could support crayfish and darter minnows, and Onondaga Lake is the cleanest it’s been in a century. According to one Project Watershed volunteer, “The real legacy that Les leaves behind isn’t a cleaner creek. It’s the knowledge he gives to us and the dedication to use it.”
R. John Dawes: John and his team at The Commons (formerly Chesapeake Commons) built the League’s Clean Water Hub – a flexible, user-friendly database that enables any citizen concerned about water quality to find local, up-to-date stream monitoring information. John’s experience, skills, and enthusiasm have been invaluable to this project.