Part of an International Coalition of Waterkeepers, our mission is to preserve and protect water quality and ecological integrity in the watersheds and estuaries of The Peace + Myakka Rivers.
ABOUT THE WATERKEEPER
Formerly Waterkeeper and Executive Director for Suncoast Waterkeeper before moving to Punta Gorda, Andy Mele has served as The Peace + Myakka Waterkeeper since 2012.
From 1995 through 2005 I worked for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, or just plain Clearwater, winding up as Executive Director for 5 ½ of those years. I helped bring the venerable environmental group, with its magnificent wooden replica of a Hudson River sloop, out of an economic and existential crisis and back to its place as a valued resource in New York and the nation.
On my watch, General Electric was finally backed into a corner and forced to sign a Consent Decree to clean the toxic PCBs out of the upper Hudson, after 25 years of resisting. We handed Indian Point (nuclear powerplant) its first courtroom defeat in decades, and helped launch the Hudson River Park, on Manhattan’s west side.