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.

The CHNEP has also held Summits in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. PDF files of presentations made at the earlier summits will soon be reposted.

The next CHNEP Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit is tentatively scheduled for March 28-30, 2017.

The CHNEP is a partnership of citizens, elected officials, resource managers and commerical and recreational resource users working to improve the natural environment of Florida from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. A cooperative decision-making process is used to address diverse resource management concerns in the 4,700-square-mile study area. The CHNEP financial partners are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Southwest Florida Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, the counties of Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Lee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Hardee, and the cities of Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, North Port, Venice and Winter Haven. Many projects, including the Summits, are also supported by sponsors.