Committing To Our Future: Together we can protect the region’s natural resources
CHNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

A partnership of citizens, elected officials, resource managers and commercial and recreational resource users have been hard at work protecting the greater Charlotte Harbor estuarine system from Venice in Sarasota County to Bonita Springs in Lee County to Winter Haven in Polk County. The partners’ 20-year plan, known as the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), includes diverse resource management concerns such as fish and wildlife habitat loss, water quality degradation and water flow.

On February 11, 2000, the CHNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) was first approved by the program’s Management Conference. The development of the Management Plan began in 1995 when Charlotte Harbor was accepted into the National Estuary Program. On April 13, 2000, the program adopted the CCMP during a ceremony celebrating the completion of the management plan and the beginning of its implementation to restore and protect the estuary and its watershed. The State of Florida and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the CCMP in 2001. That approval marked the beginning of action to protect and restore these estuaries and their watersheds.

The CHNEP Management Conference decided that every five years the progress made should be assessed and the problems, priorities and actions re-assessed required to further protecting the greater Charlotte Harbor estuarine system. In March 24, 2008 and again on March 18, 2103, the CCMP updates were approved by the CHNEP Management Conference. Easy-to-read summaries of the CHNEP and its plan were developed after each plan was finalized.

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The CHNEP will continue to update the plan every five years. While the schedule for the next update is not yet determined, we welcome your input. Please send your suggestions by email.

We encourage you to learn more about this partnership's efforts to protect the estuaries and watersheds by exploring the wealth of information on this website. There are many other ways you can be involved.