about us

Waterway Advocates, formerly known as Advocates for Clean & Clear Waterways, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving the communities of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. Founded in April of 2020, our team develops and hosts meaningful community service and learning opportunities that empower individuals from all backgrounds to embrace their role in the conservation of the environment.

 

We see a world in which everyone IS and advocate and everyone HAS an advocate.

 

It's our goal to make this vision a reality. No matter who you are, where you are from, who you love, or how you identify, you are part of the team that is achieving positive and meaningful environmental change. Check out our programs below!

 service through 
our programs

 

 communities 
in action

beautification projects

community gardens

volunteer & staff litter clean-ups

incident reports & response

specialty recycling partnerships

corporate service days

public & private memorial clean-ups

community assistance program

home beautification & clean-up kits

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 lifelong 
learning

educational video series

10-second shorts

educational events

free learning resources

school and community partnerships

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 nature 
hub

pollination station

wildlife corridor

supply distribution

field trips

coming soon!

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 meet our 
team

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caleb

co-executive director

Caleb has dedicated his time to environmental advocacy and policy, volunteerism, public safety, and animal welfare. As a fierce advocate, he has fought for marine life, clean waterways, and healthy communities. He has shown strong leadership through organizing volunteer clean-ups and working closely with large companies and officials on environmental initiatives. When off the clock (which is rare these days), Caleb can be found exploring the outdoors, kayaking, at the beach, camping, and losing at game night.

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ben

co-executive director

Ben has always been passionate about the environment and helping his community. In addition to serving as Executive Director for Waterway Advocates, he is an accomplished musician and educator and holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University. Ben is a persistent advocate for safe and inclusive environments for all, humans and wildlife alike. Outside of work, Ben enjoys adventuring outdoors, playing piano, and winning at game night.

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nancy

outreach coordinator

Nancy is currently majoring in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Maryland. In her professional life, she hopes to focus on the connection between community activism and the environment. Nancy is very passionate about the complex dynamics that exist within ecosystems, and loves to study and observe living things. In her free time, she enjoys buying too many vegetables at the farmer’s market, spending time in the sun, reading, doing yoga and volunteering with her community. 

shep

(waterway shep)

field ops supervisor

Shep is our Field Operations Supervisor. He enjoys sniffing flowers and working in the garden. When he's not supervising environmental response, he enjoys partaking in long naps to prep him for tomorrow.

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