CHNEP Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, using a cooperative decision-making process based on sound science, developed a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) that identifies the region’s priority environmental issues – water quality, hydrology, fish and wildlife habitat loss and stewardship – and actions to solve them. When the CCMP was completed and accepted in 2001, it marked the beginning of action to restore and protect the estuary and its watershed. The Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit is an important step in the NEP process of bringing public and private stakeholders together to discuss ongoing studies and critical environmental issues facing the region. It is an opportunity to review progress and discuss current and emerging issues affecting the Charlotte Harbor watershed. The CHNEP hosts triennial conferences for area scientists, resource managers, planners, industry staff and citizens to learn more about current research and restoration efforts as well as critical environmental issues affecting the Charlotte Harbor watershed. The Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summits are opportunities for participants to review progress since the preceding summit.

Join us for the Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit: Our Vision in Action on March 25 to 27, 2014 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St, Punta Gorda). Sessions with 60 presentations include:

The agenda (as of March 12) and sponsors and additional details about this Summit will posted on this site as soon as they are confirmed. Please register by March 14 online at (If the link doesn't work for you, go to, search for CHNEP and enter Punta Gorda as the location.)

Thanks to generous sponsors, the Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit 2014 is free but we do ask those who are able to donate. (The EventBrite registration page is able to accept donations. Donations and sponsor fees are paid to the Friends of Charlotte Harbor Estuary, Inc.) All donations of $100 or more will be acknowledged as a sponsor. If you are able to help as a sponsor, contact Maran Hilgendorf ( At the 2014 summit coffee and water will be available throughout the day (no additional refreshments will be provided) and lunch will be provided each day to those who register.

2014 Sponsors: The CHNEP is able to hold this event in part because of the generosity of sponsors.

Summit sponsors are Mote Marine Laboratory and CF Industries.

Support is also provided by:

Charlotte County | Mosaic

Atkins | EarthBalance | Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Jones Edmunds and Associates, Inc. | Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority | Stantec

Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center | Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida

Benchmark EA | Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves | Friends of Charlotte Harbor Estuary, Inc. (CHNEP Friends) | Jaime Boswell, Freelance Natural Resources Consultant | Captain Joe Kliment | Lemon Bay Conservancy | Sierra Club - Greater Charlotte Harbor Group | Southwest Florida Watershed Council | Thomas Winter

Estero Bay Buddies | Three anonymous donors

PDF files of presentations made at the summits in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011 will soon be available on this website page.