Protecting Estuaries: On the Ground
The Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) works, often alongside our partners, to assist restoration in the area's various watershed (the land mass that drains into a waterbody). This can be far upstream and inland.
Working holistically to restore or protect lakes and headwater streams improved not only the quality of life for those living along those waters, but for downstream communities and waters those drain eventually into.
This short CHNEP Citizens Academy video talking about an upper watershed project that we were involved in with our Southwest Florida Water Management District and Polk County partners.
Though this project is near Bartow, approximately 120 miles from the coast, it improves the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water flowing down to the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor estuary.