2020 CHNEP Watershed Summit

June 1st & 2nd, 2020

Event to be held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Free registration links & draft agenda below!


CHNEP is excited to once again host the tri-annual Watershed Summit. This Summit was created as a way for the public, local scientists, managers, policy makers, and resource users to come together to share and engage on research and restoration efforts and critical environmental issues in Central and Southwest Florida.


Sponsors this year include the Florida Section of the American Water Resources Association and WGCU Public Media. Additionally, AWRA is offering Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) to attendees! If interested, please answer "Yes" to the CEH question when registering for each session. Note: you will be required to send a "chat" at the beginning and end of each Zoom session that you are requesting hours for to document your attendance, as well as submit proper paperwork at the conclusion of the Summit in order to receive CEHs.   


Monday, June 1st

9am-12:45pm Register for Session 1: Water Quality Improvement (4 CEHs)

1 - 4pm Register for Session 2: Hydrological Restoration (3 CEHs)

Tuesday, June 2nd

9am-12:35pm Register for Session 3: Fish, Wildlife, & Habitat Protection (4 CEHs)

1 - 4pm Register for Session 4: Public Engagement for Water & Wildlife (3 CEHs)

Note: if your employer does not allow you to use Zoom, please follow the link below to register and alternate platform instructions will be sent to you to allow you to participate. Please note however that non-Zoom participants are unfortunately not eligible for Continuing Education credits due to crediting requirements.

2017 CHNEP Watershed Summit

The last CHNEP Watershed Summit was held March 28–30, 2017 with the theme Showcasing Our Accomplishments, and was a tremendous success!  The 2017 Watershed Summit provided more than 50 scientists the opportunity to share their latest research findings with each other and the general public. Sessions included presentations on a variety of topics relating to Water Quality and Quantity as well as Habitat and Living Resources. The Proceedings including the final agenda is available by clicking on the image of it here. View PDFs of the presentations at the links listed below.

Links to Presentations from 2017 CHNEP Watershed Summit:

Ecosystem Restoration on Cecil Webb Wildlife Management Area (Copp, Pope)

Online Water Quality Trend Analysis (Scolaro)

Sanibel Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (Thompson, Evans)

Model Evaluation of Physical Alterations to the Caloosahatchee (Sun)

Nutrient Framework for Southwest Florida Tidal Creeks (Leverone)

Nitrate Nitrite Loads into the Tidal Caloosahatchee (Booth)

Water Quality / Water Release Effects on Caloosahatchee (Celebrado)

Water Quality Trends in Estero Bay (Flynn)

Water Quality Monitoring within Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve (Taylor-Manges)

Estuarine Response to Freshwater Inflows in the Caloosahatchee (Thomas, Coley)

Caloosahatchee Watershed Regional Water Management Issues (Evans)

Stress and Preemptive Rehabilitation for Mangrove Management (Flynn, Lewis)

Hydrologic Restoration of Shakett Creek and Dona Bay (Tomasko) 

Shell, Prairie, and Joshua Creeks Reasonable Assurance Plan (Garcia)

Charlotte Harbor Modeling of Seagrass Performance (Dixon, Ott, Brown, Wessel)

Comparison of Two Seagrass Programs in Charlotte Harbor (Brown)

Controlling Submerged Vegetation in Cape Coral Canals (Cull)

Tape grass as Indicator of Inflow to Caloosahatchee (Buzzelli, Doering, Zheng)

IDing and Diagnosing Locations of Saltwater Wetland Loss (Beever, Beever, et al.)

Habitat Restoration in Charlotte Harbor (Powers)

Lemon Bay/Wildflower Preserve Habitat Restoration Project (Ries, Powers)

Caloosahatchee Freshwater Flows and Submerged Angiosperms (Bartleson et al.)

Sarasota County Mangroves Shoreline Assessment (Vinson)

Challenges of Competing Interests etc. in Two Restoration Projects (Demers)

Engaging the Community in the Alligator Creek TMDL Watershed (Ryan)

Improving Water Quality, Storage and Infrastructure in SW Lehigh (Lindsay)

Cross-curricular Integration of FGCU  as Living Laboratory (Bovard, Everham)

Watershed Education Training (WETPLAN) Lightning Presentation (Donley)

Detention Ponds for Stormwater Treatment in Lee County (Liddick, Duke)

Swamp Walks: Connecting People to SW FL (Thomas, Everham)

Limnological Assessment of Burnt Store Lakes Ponds (Thomas)

Influence of Water Withdrawals on Estuarine Spp. in Charlotte Harbor (Rubec et al.)

Impacts of Coastal Development on Juvenile Fish Habitat (Wilson)

Environmental Drivers Affecting Predatory Fish in SW FL (Blewett, Stevens, et al.)

Juvenile Sportfish diet and communities in Charlotte Harbor (Blewett, Huston, et al)

Faunal Indicators of Wetland Restoration Success in SW FL (Ceilley)

Comparison of Affinities and Distribution of Smalltooth Sawfish (Scharer et al.)

Movements and Habitat Use of Smalltooth Sawfish in Peace River (Huston et al.)

Where and How do Smalltooth Sawfish Spend Time in Nurseries (Poulakis et al.)

Monitoring of Juvenile Smalltooth Sawfish Using Created Oyster Reef (May et al.)

Utilizing Citizen Scientists for Oyster Habitat Monitoring (Boswell, Ott, Donley et al)

Oyster Reef Restoration in Punta Gorda 1 YR Results (Geselbracht, Graves, et al.)

IDing Optimal Site for Oyster Reef Restoration Using Modeling (Richard et al.)

Effects of 2015-16 El Nino on Coastal Ecosystem around Sanibel (Milbrandt et al.)

Measuring Fate and Non-Target Impacts of Mosquito Spraying (Everham et al.)

Sixteen years of SW FL Frog Monitoring (Koszela, Bonness, et al.)

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