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

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…
Waterkeeper Launches a Busy Season to Protect the Great Bay-Piscataqua Estuary
Here in New Hampshire and southern Maine, the Great Bay–Piscataqua Estuary is our region’s “hidden coast.” This complex and beautiful body of water is made up of seven rivers, bays, and the shore, with waters that flow through 52 towns in two states out to the open ocean. As I prepare to launch CLF’s Waterkeeper…
Nitrogen Denial in the Great Bay Estuary
The Great Bay-Piscataqua estuary is an incredible place. It’s home to numerous fish and bird species and provides spectacular fishing, boating, and recreation for the people of New Hampshire, Maine, and beyond. But persistent high levels of nitrogen pollution have disrupted these waters, and while progress is being made, some municipal officials are fighting against…
Volunteers Making New Hampshire’s Great Bay a Little Bit Greater
I’ll admit it – I was a little nervous about this year’s Great Bay Kayak Clean-up. More than 25 people from Timberland, a Seacoast-based company that supports its staff who do community service, had eagerly volunteered to snug themselves into kayaks and spend their day getting wet and dirty while collecting trash along the shores…


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