CHNEP Technical Comment Letters & Resolutions
The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP, formerly the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program) convenes a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of many of the most prominent scientists and experts in Florida. This advisory committee, together with the CHNEP's staff, drafts technical comment letters to advise outside entities on regional priorities and the best available science for further protection and restoration of water, wildlife habitat and other natural resources in the CHNEP program area.
Additionally, CHNEP's Policy Committee which is comprised of elected leaders from from the 10 counties and 25+ cities CHNEP serves, creates resolutions on issues of shared interest to show solidarity and support for mutually beneficial actions and activities that protect Central & Southwest Florida's water and wildlife resources.
Below is an example of a technical comment letter and a recently approved resolution. The letter is regarding priority Outstanding Florida Waters (specially designated waters that are to be protected from any degradation) which are not meeting state water quality standards and are in need of Total Maximum Daily Load limits ("impaired"). This letter was sent to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of the CHNEP (click on image to view full letter):
Additionally, here is an example of a CHNEP resolution passed by the CHNEP Policy Committee in support of the development of climate compact(s) for Central and Southwest Florida to work collaboratively on issues arising from sea level rise, increased intensity rainfall and storm events, and other issues arising from climate change.
Click on image of it here to view and download a copy.