Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP)
The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) is a partnership working to protect the natural environment in Florida, focusing on the seven-county watershed from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven. This partnership gives citizens, elected officials, resource managers, and commercial and recreational resource users in the 4,700-square-mile study area a voice to address diverse resource management concerns including fish and wildlife habitat loss, water quality and water flow. The watershed in the study area includes all or parts of Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Polk, Hardee and DeSoto counties. Charlotte Harbor has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be a case study for local action to protect sensitive coastal ecosystems and economies from the potential effects of climate change. This is the first step in EPA's new Climate Ready Estuaries effort to build local ability through its 28 national estuary programs to adapt to climate change.
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- Climate Ready Estuaries 2010 Progress Report
- City of Punta Gorda, Florida Adaptation Plan
- Climate Ready Estuaries 2009 Progress Report
- Charlotte Harbor Regional Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment