2020 CHNEP Watershed Summit

Note: Registration is not live yet, but should be by the end of April. There will be a $20 fee for food and refreshments each day upon registration. If you register for both days it will be $35 total. Remember to sign up early, as space is limited in the event hall. 

Save the Date for the 2020 Watershed Summit!

From Heartland to Coast: Protecting our Water, Wildlife,

and Future

June 1st and 2nd, 2020

Collaboratory at the SW Florida Community Foundation

(2031 Jackson St., Fort Myers, FL 33901)

Call for Oral and Poster Presentations

Due: April 15th, 2020


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.


The 2020 Watershed Summit will be an opportunity for our partners to share their latest findings and to network. We encourage you to share your work in an oral or poster presentation to advance the knowledge and understanding of the natural environment in the CHNEP area. Presentations will be selected based on relevance and timeliness. There is no fee to submit an abstract or to present. A lightning-round session may also be featured.


To submit your proposal for an oral or poster presentation, complete the online submission form above by April 15, 2020  

Abstracts will be made available online prior to the event and some of the proceedings will be shared via webcast.

2017 CHNEP Watershed Summit

The seventh 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