CHNEP's 2019 Accomplishments

The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership achieved numerous research, restoration, environmental education and outreach, and partner coordination and support accomplishments in 2019. Below are the highlights: 

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

  • Conducted Charlotte Harbor water quality monitoring, Annual WQ Audit, & Annual Meeting

  • Assisted in quarterly volunteer oyster habitat monitoring

  • Maintained Water Atlas website to disseminate all publicly available water quality collected in the area

  • Organized special topic science forums and meetings

  • Conducted microplastic research & sampling

  • Wrote 15 Letters of support for partner research grants

  • Updated the City of Punta Gorda Climate Adaptation Plan

  • Held the CHNEP C-43 Reservoir Water Summit

  • Completed the Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Initiative Geotechnical and Surveying in Yucca Pens

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION/OUTREACH

  • Created four educational magazines (Harbor Happenings) on native, wildlife, habitat protection, resiliency, watershed restoration, as well as an annual calendar featuring native species and natural resources from our region

  • Organized and hosted an annual Nature Festival that drew 1,500 participants to learn about the environment and area organizations who work to protect and restore it

  • Participated in numerous festivals, public conferences and meetings, and other events where CHNEP staff were presenters

  • Organized and hosted monthly volunteer events that included both educational presentations and activities for the public to engage in clean-ups, research, and restoration activities 

SCIENTIFIC RESTORATION

  • Continued implementation of Habitat Resiliency and Restoration Needs projects, which will identify future habitat protection and restoration needs in response to changing conditions

  • Completed Lake Hancock Circle B Bar Reserve Shoreline Restoration Project which repaired erosion damage caused by Hurricane Irma

  • Served on the steering committee for Southwest Florida Estuarine Research Team (SWERT) identifying technical and funding resources for new oyster restoration projects

PARTNER COORDINATION/SUPPORT

  • Provided 4 public outreach grants and 19 microgrants to fund partner organizations to undertake environmental education, research, and restoration activities

  • Organized and hosted 3 technical advisory, 3 citizen advisory, 3 management, and 3 policy meetings complete with presentations and supporting materials to convene and provide support for stakeholders to share information on efforts to protect and restore natural resources in the region

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership, 326 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4417, (941) 575-5090