Celebrating Southwest Floridians
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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