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Preserve & Protect

The citizen-led charge that started in the 1950s to protect Estero Bay is one of the first examples of water preservation in the state of Florida. Here you’ll find a list of resources connecting you with ways to preserve our waters.

Water Quality Concerns?
Enter your mailing address here to find your elected officials at the state and federal level.

You can also find your elected county officials here or your city officials here if you have a concern about waters in your neighborhood.

If you’d like to write a letter to the editor, you can find a list of newspapers here.

Want to research water quality?
You can monitor water quality in Southwest Florida through these online tools:

•  The Charlotte Harbor Water Atlas lets you search for current conditions in our areas waters and serves as a one-stop shop for information and resources from more than 40 regional agencies.
•  The SCCF’s River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON) monitors waters around the Caloosahatchee River and Pine Island Sound area. 
•  The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission monitors red tide blooms and displays any outbreaks on a map.
•  The Conservancy of Southwest Florida monitors waterways that are not included in studies by Naples or Collier County.

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