Indian Riverkeeper announces Capt. Mike Conner as Executive Director
Stuart, FL—Indian Riverkeeper has announced the hiring of Capt. Mike Conner, of Jensen Beach, Florida as its Executive Director. Conner is the fourth Indian Riverkeeper since the organization’s inception, following Marty Baum, George Jones and Kevin Stinnette.
Conner has resided in Martin County since 1999, when he moved from Miami with his former employer, Florida Sportsman magazine. He was the publication’s managing editor until 2012 and now serves as Conservation editor and also contributes feature stories and fly fishing columns. He also works on conservation segments for Florida Sportsman Watermen Television.
Conner also serves on the leadership board of Rivers Coalition, Inc., based In Stuart, Florida. He has worked as a fishing guide over the years on Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon, and has been an outspoken water activist and welcomes the challenge and opportunity in his new position.
“I greatly respect the work of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a worldwide assemblage of over 300 Waterkeeper organizations, and am encouraged by recent developments and measures taken by the State of Florida, which suggests greater acknowledgement of the value of healthy waterways, both ecologically and economically,” said Conner. “I am especially encouraged that the state has acknowledged that nutrient pollution is also a serious human health matter.”
In his position Conner will monitor and document the condition of the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River, and shine a spotlight on both point source and non-point source pollution. Fundraising, community and media outreach and education are also part of his duties.
Conner, 63, and his wife, Michelle, have been married since 2015 and have four adult children and five grandchildren between them.
Indian Riverkeeper is one of part of the Florida Waterkeeper network, which is affiliated with Waterkeeper Alliance, which works to ensure that every community worldwide has the right to drinkable, fishable and swimmable water. For more information visit Waterkeeper.org. Please visit and like the Indian Riverkeeper Facebook page, and visit the soon to be relaunched website, www.theindianriverkeeper.org.
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