The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership:
Celebrating 24+ 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 NEPS nation-wide; one of the four in Florida (along with Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, and Indian River Lagoon).
CHNEP's 2019 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.
Research & Outreach Manager
Finance & Grants Specialist
The Association of National Estuary Programs has also created a fact sheet to provide to federal policymakers information about the importance of support for the National Estuary Program. Click on either image to get a downloadable electronic version for your own use.