The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership

Celebrating 25+ years of protecting Southwest Florida

The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP, formerly the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program) began when former Florida Governor Chiles submitted a nomination to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the greater Charlotte Harbor estuarine system as an estuary of national significance. On July 6, 1995, seven nominations were accepted, including the CHNEP.  Now the CHNEP is one of 28 organization nation-wide in the NEP; one of the four in Florida (along with Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, and Indian River Lagoon).

CHNEP's 2020 accomplishments included cutting-edge scientific research and restoration, environmental education and public outreach, as well as supporting and convening partners and stakeholders throughout our region to protect and restore water and other exceptional natural resources.

Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership Logo
Cover of CHNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Click the image to open the plan.

OUR TEAM

Jennifer Hecker

Executive Director

jhecker@chnep.org

Nicole Iadevaia

Research & Outreach Manager

niadevaia@chnep.org

Andrew Webb

Finance & Grants Specialist

awebb@chnep.org

Sophia Brown

Public Outreach Specialist

sbrown@chnep.org

Sarina Weiss

Research Specialist

sweiss@chnep.org

The Association of National Estuary Programs has also created a fact sheet to provide information to federal policymakers about the importance of support for the National Estuary Program. Click on either image to get a downloadable electronic version for your own use.

National Estuary Program fact sheet. Click to open the fact sheet.
National Estuary Program fact sheet. Click to open the fact sheet.