Hydrological Restoration

The hydrology in many areas of the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) has been heavily altered. The CHNEP is working with partners to collaborate on initiatives to restore more natural hydrology to many of our watershed. Below are a few of the initiatives we have been asked to lead and facilitate.

The South Lee County Watershed Initiative is to restore flow ways and tidal creeks that flow into Estero Bay in southern Lee County. This Initiative also includes numerous state and federal agencies, stakeholders from two counties and two cities, and many other entities is to form regional water project. View fact sheet here. 

The Charlotte Harbor Flatwoods Initiative is restoration of tidal creeks within the watershed that flows into Charlotte Harbor in Charlotte County. This Initiative also includes numerous state and federal agencies, two counties and a city, as well as other entities. 

The LeHigh Headwaters Initiative is restoration of the upper headwaters for the Caloosahatchee River, Orange River, Hickey’s Creek, Bedman Creek, and Estero River in Lee County . This initiative also includes numerous state and federal agencies, as well as other entities. 

Flow of water into Charlotte Harbor

CHNEP HYDROLOGICAL RESTORATION PROJECTS

Alligator laying in water with head on shore

Beth Morrison

Alligator Creek Stream Restoration

The Alligator Creek restoration project will restore approximately forty acres of habitat in the Alligator Creek corridor of Sarasota County.