Melissa Paly

Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper CLF New Hampshire @gbpwaterkeeper

Melissa Paly is CLF’s Great Bay–Piscataqua Waterkeeper, working to advocate, inform, and inspire people to protect and restore the rivers, bays, and coast that make the Seacoast such a spectacular place to live, work, and play.

Before joining CLF, Melissa was a principal of CrossCurrent Communications where she provided communications strategy, public relations, and media production services to many state agencies, businesses, and nonprofits focused on environmental and social issues throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Prior to founding her own firm, she worked for US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and World Resources Council. Melissa holds a B.A. in geology from Yale College and a Master of Forest Science from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. An avid telemark skier, sailor, sea kayaker, and gardener, Melissa was past President of the Kittery (ME) Land Trust. She currently serves as a trustee of the Maine Island Trail Association, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Yale Forestry School Alumni Board.


Recent Posts

How Do You Heal an Estuary? A New Project Will Help Us Find Out
On a sunny spring morning, I stood knee-deep in a bed of seagrass at the southern end of New Hampshire’s Great Bay. Despite the sun, I shivered as the chill of the June water permeated my wetsuit and neoprene booties. Other rubber-suited colleagues waded nearby, stooping to gently scoop ribbons of green grasses from the…
A Wave of Good News for the People of Great Bay
With headlines dominated by tough news about the pandemic and politics, you’d be forgiven if you missed some of the bright stories going on around the Great Bay estuary in coastal New Hampshire and southern Maine. From cleaner water to exciting economic opportunities, these stories give us reasons to be hopeful for the future. And,…
Road Map Shows How to Tackle Nitrogen Pollution
The Great Bay estuary of coastal New Hampshire and southern Maine once abounded with vast underwater meadows of healthy seagrasses. But since the 1990s, we’ve lost nearly half the acreage of these lush green beds, and along with it the benefits they provide. Instead, we now see expanses of thin and sickly plants, barren bottom,…
New Hampshire Joins the Fight Against Plastic Pollution
What do polystyrene foam containers, paper coffee cups, and plastic grocery bags, food ware, and straws all have in common? None of them are recyclable and they cost towns and cities an enormous amount of money. What’s more, heaps of these single-use items end up on our beaches and shores, serving as an ugly reminder…
Waterkeeper Boat Ride Leads to New Sustainability Committee in Exeter
Sometimes things don’t go as planned but end up exceeding all expectations. That was certainly the case with a group of Exeter activists who turned a trip on the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper boat into a town-wide call to better protect water resources, conserve energy, and be a more sustainable community. On a blustery, cool day…

 

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