While Calusa Waterkeeper is celebrating its silver anniversary, the organization says it has a long way to go to fulfill its mission of protecting and restoring the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal waterways.
Calusa Waterkeeper Executive Director KC Schulberg said they really want to pay their respects to the founders, who in 1995 got the idea to create an organization to restore and look after the Caloosahatchee River. He extended a special thanks to John Capece, Rae Ann Wessel, Marti and Wayne Daltry and Mary Rowl, the five early pioneers of the organization who are still around today.
“They did amazing work. I’m kind of humbled by the work that they did and lay the groundwork for all of this,” he said. “It wasn’t quite as popular as it was today.”
In the spring of 1995, the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association began. Although the organization changed its name to Calusa Waterkeeper in 2016, the mission remains the same.