Welcome to the CHNEP Management Conference The Management Conference guides the work of the CHNEP. Each committee serves a specialized role in supporting the program goals and objectives. These meetings are open to the public. Two or more members of the Everglades West and Caloosahatchee Basin Working Groups, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves Management Plan Advisory Committee may be in attendance and may discuss matters that could come before the respective body.
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The Policy Committee establishes general policies and goals for the Program and executes ultimate authority in program administration.May 12, 2016 agenda packet (2.2 MG); Item 5 CHNEP Restoration Targets (3.3 MB) read more >>
The Management Committee develops and reviews work plans, funding requests, work products and other activities.April 29, 2016 agenda packet (4.3 MG); Item 5 CHNEP Restoration Targets (3.3 MB); Florida Estuaries Alliance (walk on item added 4/27) read more >>
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) provides a mechanism for citizen input and helps develop and promote public information and education programs.April 20, 2016 agenda and summaries; Item 3d CHNEP Draft FY17 Workplan; Item 4b CHNEP Restoration Targets (3.3 MB) read more >>
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is the scientific and technical voice of the program.April 14, 2016 agenda packet; Item 5 CHNEP Draft FY17 Workplan; Item 6 Draft CHNEP Restoration Targets (3.3 MB); Item 7 AMEC Draft Morgan Park CPP(7.8 MB); Item 12 SWFRPC Conservation Easement Report (1.3 MB)Caloosahatcee River SAV Targets Working Group May 17 agenda packet read more >>
In 1995, then Governor Lawton Chiles nominated Charlotte Harbor as an “estuary of national significance.” As a result of this nomination, Charlotte Harbor was accepted into the National Estuary Program, becoming one of 28 other watersheds in the United States so designated. The CHNEP held its kickoff ceremony in September 1996 and began the process of writing a regional Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. Local problems were identified, goals were established, information was collected and special projects were funded. The 20-year Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) identifies the region’s common priority environmental issues and the actions needed to solve them. The CCMP was accepted in 2001, marking the beginning of action to protect and restore the estuary and its watershed. It was updated in 2008 and again in 2013.
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This free workshop is an opportunity for those who work with and are concerned about environmental education to network and learn more about solutions to issues facing the natural environment of southwest Florida.read more >>
While it’s true that some people are simply born interpreters, it’s also true that almost anyone can learn enough about interpretive techniques to improve the way they communicate with others. Professional-level certification is a way to document that you possess skills and knowledge that allow you to perform effectively in the interpretive profession.read more >>
This free workshop is an opportunity for those who work with and are concerned about conservation lands to network and learn more about solutions to issues facing these lands in southwest Florida. This is the fifth annual conservation lands workshop.read more >>
Residents and visitors learn about the natural environment of southwest Florida at this free annual event. Many individuals, organizations and businesses, are dedicated to making this festival exciting and informative. Visit YouTube (CHNEP 1995 channel) to see short videos of the festivals held since 2011.read more >>
Water Atlas, Special Places, Talks and Citizens Academy
Charlotte Harbor Water Atlas is a web-based tool that provides comprehensive and current water quality, hydrologic and ecologic data, information about local conservation efforts, volunteer and recreational opportunities, and a library of scientific and educational materials on water resource issues. Visit Charlotte Harbor Water Atlas>>
From the Lake Wales Ridge to the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the watersheds of the Myakka, Peace and tidal Caloosahatchee rivers, there are many amazing natural features and diverse habitats to behold. Experience them yourself by visiting any of the 500+ locations that provide public access to natural environments or help educate visitors. Visit CHNEP Special Places >>
Presentations given at CHNEP events provide opportunities to solve a problem and enhance capabilities to protect the natural environment of southwest Florida. Most are available as PDF files on this website. Since 2012, many have also been saved as videos by combining the PDF of the presentation and the voice of the speaker. These videos help fulfill our plan to protect the environment and have become the CHNEP equivalent to TED Talks, a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Visit CHNEP1995 on YouTube>>
To be released July 2016: CHNEP Citizens Academy. The CHNEP is developing an online multimedia Citizens Academy to help people learn more about southwest Florida’s amazing natural environment. This will be a free e-learning website that will, among other things, include videos of experts to either help explain difficult issues or to encourage people to continue learning and doing more. The Academy is anticipated to be self-paced and available on the learner’s schedule. The first phase will include information on some of the basics of why the natural environment of southwest Florida is so different from what is found elsewhere.
The CCMP is the product of collaboration on a scale that is hard to comprehend. The result of all these entities working together is a successful continuing improvement of conditions in Florida’s unique estuary, Charlotte Harbor. This is good for tourism, business and the flora and fauna that sustain our economy.
Don McCormick, SWFRPC delegate to the CHNEP Policy Committee