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As of October 1, 2014, the CHNEP will be hosted by the City of Punta Gorda and the CHNEP office will move to Punta Gorda: Learn more.

Phosphate Tour: The CHNEP Citizens Advisory Committee asked for a tour of phosphate operations in the CHNEP watershed to better understand their operations. Thanks to Mosaic, a tour will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015. The bus tour is limited to the first 40 who register. The invitation will be first open to those who participate in the CHNEP committees. If space is available after February 1, the tour will be opened to others.
Attendees will learn about current industry best management practices, water conservation and wildlife management. We will also visit active and released reclamation sites. Listed below is a draft agenda for this all-day tour. For more details and to register, please complete the registration form at https://phosphatetour.eventbrite.com by January 31. (If the link above doesn't work, go to http://www.EventBrite.com and search for CHNEP but be sure to change the location to Florida.) After February 1, if there is still space available, the tour will be open to others with an interest. Two or more members of the CHNEP Policy, Management, Technical Advisory and Citizens Advisory Committees may be in attendance and may discuss matters that could come before the respective body.

CHNEP Water Atlas Subcommittee: Monday, March 30, 2015 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Laishley Park Community Room (120 Laishley Court).

Southwest Florida Oyster Working Group Subcommittee: Jan. 14, 2015 Agenda; Oct. 30, 2014 Agenda with restoration sites and objectives


Grants: Public outreach grant applications were due Sept. 3

The CHNEP is a partnership to protect the natural environment of Florida from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. We have been offering two types of grants to support the efforts of others who are helping to implement our plan. Guidance for annual public outreach grants of up to $5,000 is available as a PDF file. The first deadline is 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. Both deadlines identified in the guidance must be met for the application to be considered. The CHNEP is moving to the City of Punta Gorda as of October 1 and some guidance may change. The two one-page forms of the application are also provided in RTF format for easy completion.


Micro-grants of up to $250 are again available. . Once we have final guidance from the City, details on how to apply for a micro-grant for projects that can begin after October 1 will be posted.

Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival: Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Charlotte Sports Park: Learn more.

CHNEP Environmental Education Program: May 30 at "Ding" Darling: Learn more.

Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit: Learn more.

CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop: Learn more.

CHNEP Citizens Academy: Learn more.

Neighborhood Waterways: Can Trees and Shrubs Clean Water? This CHNEP Forum will be held on June 4-5. I-Tree Model Training and Pilot Project Practice will be held on August 26: Learn more.

CHNEP is updating its website.

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is updating its website. Not all the content from the prior website will be available during this transition. Once the new site is completed, you'll be able find everything from the old site and more. Once updated, would you please send us your suggestions? Thank you for your patience.


Upcoming Events and Projects

CHNEP Conservation Lands Workshop on Sept. 11

Water Words that Work training on Sept. 17

Coastal Community Planning on Dec. 3-4, a NOAA Coastal Services Center training

Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival on Nov. 22 (EventBrite page not yet complete for sponsors and exhibitors)

Managing Visitor Use in Land and Marine Conservation Areas Training on Dec. 8-9, a NOAA Coastal Services Center training

For more details and to register, go to www.EventBrite.com and search for CHNEP but change the location to Florida.


CHNEP 2015 Calendar: Thanks to everyone who submitted images by July 15. Due to the overwhelming response, we are not going to be able to post an online survey for the public. The calendar is anticipated being delivered by November


CHNEP magazine Harbor Happenings


Conservation Lands Stewardship Conference: Sept. 11, 2014


Public outreach grant applications due: Sept. 3 | Guidance document 2014-15 and forms


Charlotte Harbor Nature Festival: Nov. 23, 2013. Now planning the Nov. 22, 2014 festival.


Florida Scientist