Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

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South­west Florida es­tu­ar­ies pro­vide a home to many species; how­ever, some wa­ter­ways are in bad shape, while oth­ers had faced die-off if it wasn’t for the Conservanc­y of South­west Florida. “We po­si­tion our­selves to pro­vide so­lu­tions through peer-re­viewed, sci­ence-based ap­proaches,” says Rob Mo­her, the conservanc­y’s CEO and pres­i­dent.

The Fruit Farm Creek Man­grove Restora­tion project in Col­lier County, for ex­am­ple, which the conservanc­y started in 2012, is on­go­ing to­day. In just two years of nurs­ing, the project showed sig­nif­i­cant re­sults on a threat­ened man­grove sys­tem at the edge of Marco Is­land.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to com­plete its “Estuary Re­port Card” by year’s end―a con­di­tional eval­u­a­tion of South­west Florida wa­ter­ways it pub­lishes ev­ery five years―show­ing us how to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment in our neigh­bor­hoods, and what the gov­ern­ment should do to pre­vent wa­ter-re­lated is­sues. “Fresh­wa­ter threats aren’t from a sin­gle ac­tiv­ity,” Mo­her says. “It’s a re­sult of mul­ti­ple things hap­pen­ing at the same real time at the same place.”

De­tails are at conservanc­y.org.

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