Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
Publications and Materials

Technical Documents:

Program:  Charlotte Harbor Public Conference
and Technical Symposium
(Technical Report No. 97-01)

In March 1997 the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program hosted its first public conference and technical symposium.  This document contains the program and abstracts of the conference papers.

The Story of the Greater Charlotte Harbor Watershed

This publication is intended to provide an overview of the physical, biological, historical, and economic aspects of the Greater Charlotte Harbor Watershed.  The document characterizes the state of the natural systems and major resource management issues throughout the area.

Compendium of Current Monitoring Programs in the Greater Charlotte Harbor Watershed
(Technical Report No. 97-03)

This document provides information on all existing land, air, and water monitoring programs that pertain to the study area. It summarizes programs temporally and geographically. The compendium will be used to identify where monitoring is lacking or where protocols are inconsistent.

Base Programs Analysis Volume 1: Description of the Existing Laws, Policy, and Resource Management Structure in the Greater Charlotte Harbor Watershed
(Technical Report No. 98-01)

This document provides a review of the current institutional management structure of natural resources in the study area. It provides a brief snapshot of the Charlotte Harbor NEPs socio-economic conditions and describes the current public and private regulatory programs.

Proceedings of The Charlotte Harbor
Public Conference and Technical Symposium
(Technical Report No. 98-02)

Designation of southwest Florida as the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program refreshed a long-standing tradition of concern and action for the preservation of the region's natural resources.  The first technical symposium documented by these proceedings was one of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program's first early action projects.  It highlighted the Program's goals for education, information management, and synthesis of existing data.  The technical symposium combined invited and contributed papers to review the status and trends of resources bearing on major problem sets of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.  All manuscripts have been technically reviewed prior to publication.

Base Programs Analysis Volume 2: 
Connections and Gaps
(Technical Report No. 98-03)

Despite Floridas extensive network of natural resource management programs, there are perceived and real gaps in Floridas environmental management system. Recognition of these gaps partially led to the creation of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.   Volume II of the Base Programs Analysis identifies how these programs are successfully linked. It also identifies the weaknesses or failures of those linkages to manage adequately the areas natural resources.

Educational Materials:

Directory of Existing Environmental Education Programs in the Greater Charlotte Harbor Watershed

This document provides basic information on public environmental education programs and providers in the study area. All eight counties of the study area are included in the directory.

Educational Ecosystem Poster

This poster features some of the dominant ecosystem types in the greater Charlotte Harbor watershed. It also includes a drawing of the study area depicting the major basin boundaries. The purpose of this poster is to help educate people regarding the biodiversity of plants and animals in this vast area and to portray their interaction with the environment. The artwork was done by Fort Myers-based artist, Shelly Castle, whose work has been featured on kiosks at Fort Myers Beach, The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and the Sanibel causeway.

Program Poster

This poster features a captivating, real-life osprey/river scene. The artwork was done by renowned wildlife artist, Diane Pierce, whose work has been featured in scientific journals and magazines, as well as in projects and collections of the Florida Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, and the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.

Quarterly Newsletter

The newsletter provides current information on program activities as well as a variety of related topics and issues.

Demonstration Projects in the
Greater Charlotte Harbor Watershed 1998

(Educational Report No. 98-01)

This brochure describes the program's various demonstration projects.  Each year, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program funds technical and educational projects at local schools, municipalities, agencies, and non-profit centers.  The project ideas are submitted by the local organizations and are selected on a competitive basis.  Each project is designed to provide immediate benefits to the watershed's natural resources, to enhance our technical knowledge, and to improve community awareness.

Our Southwest Florida
Natural Resources and Economy

(FS- 99-1)

This fact sheet summarizes the findings of an economic valuation study that was conducted for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.

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