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Mary Barley is first and foremost a lover of life and defender of the planet. Fishing, the Everglades and Islamorada, some cherished friends, along with a slew of critters at her home, bring her joy and that infectious smile to her face.

Mary has a lot on her plate and a lot on her mind. Welcome to her website!

In her fight for Everglades restoration and taxpayer equity, Mary has crisscrossed not only the State of Florida but the nation, to bring the plight of America's Everglades to the public's attention.  

As you can imagine, there’s more going on in the Everglades, Florida Bay, and the Village of Islamorada than water and fish – and much more than meets the eye.


This is where Mary comes in. 


Whether it’s been moving lobbyists, government agencies, bureaucrats, or elected officials, to do the right thing – for more than 30 years, Mary has kept water moving south and the citizens informed and engaged along the way. 


And why wouldn’t she? Our economy is based on water, clean and abundant. Water feeds our fishing, our diving, our tourists, and us. Water keeps us alive and preserves the beauty of our incredibly magical vistas.

This timely site lives at the intersection of the Everglades, Islamorada, and Florida Bay. Pulling no punches, Mary is going to talk about all of it – the good, the bad, and the ugly – because someone’s got to do it.

An unwavering commitment.


Mary Barley currently serves on the board of The Everglades Foundation, having served as vice chairperson from 2003 to 2012 and chairperson from 1995 to 2002. Barley also serves on the boards of the WWF National Council, Zoo Miami, and Wild Oceans.


Mary formerly served on the Atlantic Salmon Federation (U.S.), the Community Foundation of the Keys, Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, the National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Foundation, and Clean Water Action. 


Mary has received many awards and accolades for her work, including being designated an honorary Miccosukee and an Honorary Conch. She has been profiled in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Time’s 1999 Hero of the Planet and 2013 Women’s History Month. 


In 2016 she was honored as a Game Changer: Women in Wild Atlantic Salmon and Environmental Conservation, and in 2016 she was named one of 100 most influential people in Florida politics by Influence magazine.​



The Barley Review is a free, monthly compilation of relevant news and information devoted to the restoration of America’s Everglades, Florida Bay, and happenings in the Florida Keys.


Delivered straight into your inbox, the Review shares the good, the bad and the ugly – and never ever sugarcoats it.

By explaining the political and environmental science, what is broken and why, and what it takes to fix it, we work to educate and inspire the public and lawmakers to action. 


It’s tough to learn about the state of affairs for our waterways and Everglades and discover the debauchery of people and industries who know better, but the only antidote to the vast sums of money the biggest polluters pour into the political system, the outright lies and manipulation, is a well-informed and committed citizenry. 

For our own sanity – and yours – we go out of our way to find images and stories that inspire us AND things that make us LOL. We share some of our favorites in each update.

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