Get Involved


One way to help out is to join forces with others who are organized to take action. Check out the following organizations that you can join or support with your time and money.

www.audubonofflorida.org
One of Audubon of Florida's most significant contributions to Florida conservation has been its ongoing involvement in the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem. Keep up-to-date on Audubon's Everglades restoration efforts at Audubon of Florida News. Strategies include: restoring the Kissimmee River, healing Lake Okeechobee, ensuring water quantity for the Everglades, and safeguarding Southwest Florida and the Big Cypress. The organization has publications to inform interested citizens of its conservation efforts as well as ways to get involved in those efforts, including water initiatives.

http://www.sccf.org/
Official website for SCCF, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around these barrier islands.

http://crca.caloosahatchee.org
Grassroots non-profit organization designed to improve the River from its source to its mouth, including its impacts on riparian and estuarine systems, wildlife habitat and marine life. This organization also is commonly referred to as River Watch.

www.chnep.org
Official website for The National Estuary Program (NEP), which was established to develop Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans (CCMPs) for estuaries of national significance -- of which Charlotte Harbor is one -- that are threatened by pollution, development or overuse. The program is designed to protect the natural environment from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven.

www.conservancy.org
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a non-profit organization that is leading the challenge to protect and sustain Southwest Florida's natural resources.

www.crewtrust.org
The CREW Land & Water Trust was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization to coordinate the land acquisition, land management, and public use of the 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. This watershed straddles Lee and Collier Counties and provides aquifer recharge, natural flood protection, water purification, preservation of wildlife habitat and public recreation. The CREW lands play a vital role in maintaining the future quality and quantity of Southwest Florida's water supply.

www.sloughpreserve.org/
Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a not-for-profit advocacy and support organization committed to preserving, protecting and promoting Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for future generations through education and community partnerships, working together with Lee County and South Florida Water Management District.

www.purre.org
Grassroots organization to promote the protection and restoration of the Caloosahatchee, its estuary, the Southwest Florida environment and the broader South Florida ecosystem.

www.swfwc.org/index.htm
The Southwest Florida Watershed Council is a grassroots, multi-county coalition of individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses that have come together to address the issues affecting the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress watersheds. The purpose of the Watershed Council is to ensure that the interests and concerns of all stakeholders are addressed and that long-term management strategies balance the needs of this region's growth and the natural systems upon which our economy and quality of life depend.

www.ccaflorida.org
CCA Florida is a statewide, nonprofit marine conservation organization working in an advocacy role to protect the state's marine resources and the interests of saltwater anglers.

www.rookerybay.org
Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The mission of the Reserve is to provide a basis for informed coastal decisions through land management, restoration, research and education. The Reserve works in partnership with local communities to promote coastal stewardship.

www.nature.org
The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the diversity of life on earth.

http://offshore.centurycommission.org
The Collins Center for Public Policy, which staffs the Century Commission, developed a report for Florida citizens regarding the potential risks and rewards of offshore drilling in Florida's state waters. Center staff conducted research for the report with the assistance of an expert advisory group, and it created a companion website with additional information resources and associated links. The report and website are structured around four topics: regulatory framework; resources, economic benefits and energy independence; environmental risks, permitting and accident response; and aesthetics and opportunity costs. The intent is not to provide definitive conclusions or recommendations but rather to constructively highlight the implications of offshore drilling.

If you have an organization that is relevant and should be included on this site, please use the "contact us" button on the home page to alert us to your organization.

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Meetings

Being informed about water issues is one of the best ways to make a difference. The links below provide information on meetings you can attend to stay informed and let your voice be heard.

Speak Out

Contact your state legislators, federal legislators, and Florida's Governor to thank them for the work they've done to date and to encourage them to continue their support of water initiatives that improve water quality in Lee County.

Speak Out

At Home

All of us can help our whole ecosystem just by starting in our own front and back yards with responsible yard care practices.

Learn What You Can Do

Related Links

Natives for Your Neighborhood:
http://www.regionalconservation.org/ beta/nfyn/default.asp

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
http://myfwc.com/

More Links

Glossary

Local Sponsor:
The entity that is partnering with the Federal Government to complete a specific project or program; in the case of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the local sponsor for the majority of the program is the South Florida Water Management District.

Stormwater Treatment Area [STA]:
A human-constructed wetland area to treat urban and agricultural runoff water before it is discharged to natural areas; commonly developed after the Federal and State Clean Waters Acts, 1970-72.

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