Thunderstorm over Pine Island Sound

A partnership of citizens, elected officials, and resource managers working together to protect and restore water and wildlife habitat in Central and Southwest Florida since 1995.

Image by The Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Our Seagrasses are Shrinking

Learn how you can help

A just released report shows seagrasses in Charlotte Harbor and Lemon Bay have lost 3 decades of recovery growth in two short years! CHNEP has seagrass fact sheets and hosted a June volunteer event to train volunteers to be citizen scientists in the Eyes on Seagrass project. Join the effort to save our seagrass!

The CHNEP encompasses several Estuary Watersheds

  • Dona & Roberts Bays


  • Lemon Bay


  • Charlotte Harbor (including Myakka & Peace River basins) 

  • Pine Island Sound (including the Caloosahatchee River basin)

  • Estero Bay


Where rivers meet the sea



Land area that drains to a waterbody

CHNEP Water Atlas

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CHNEP Projects inlude improving water quality, restoring hydrology, protecting fish, wildlife, and habitat, and educating and engagng the public.


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Improving Water Quality

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Protecting Fish, Wildlife & Habitat

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Educating & Engaging the



Volunteer trained Citizen Scientists 


Grants awarded to help implement a variety of projects and programs 


Volunteer hours donated since 2017


Square miles contained within our boundaries