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.

Cover of CHNEP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Click the image to open the plan.


Jennifer Hecker

Executive Director

Nicole Iadevaia

Research & Outreach Manager

Andrew Webb

Finance & Grants Specialist

Sophia Brown

Conservation Associate

Alexis Horn

Public Outreach Specialist

In process of hiring

Conservation Associate

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.

Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership, 326 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950-4417,