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Cape Coral residents, register now for Sept. 29 “Sustainability of the Estuary” workshop

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The Northwest Neighborhood Association and the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) invite you to a day-long workshop on Thursday, September 29 from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library to explore current and future challenges, and identify strategies for balancing current and future growth with restoring and sustaining estuary health in Northwest Cape Coral.

The workshop will include subject matter expert presentations and brainstorming sessions to accomplish four objectives:

  • Identify hydrology, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat issues facing the watershed and estuary.
  • Discuss build out projections and future estuary health concerns related to historic alteration of the system, current and future development, and sea level rise.
  • Show the potential for tidal creek restoration west of the North Spreader Canal and discuss the value of such restoration.
  • Provide an opportunity for local residents, regulatory entities, and environmental organizations to consider the varied issues and to begin exploring strategies for ensuring ecosystem preservation and sustainment of area wetlands and estuaries while also achieving economic and quality of life goals of the Northwest Cape Coral community.

This workshop will help residents in Northwest Cape Coral decide priority environmental issues and take actions to address those issues.

This workshop is made possible because of the generosity of the Northwest Neighborhood Association, the Northwest Cape Coral Foundation, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • The Northwest Neighborhood Association is an advocate for sensible public policies and development activities that will serve to preserve property values and enhance the quality of life throughout Northwest Cape Coral. (Lunch is provided by the NWNA.)
  • The Northwest Cape Coral Foundation functions to protect and enhance the quality of life in Northwest Cape Coral including the sustainability of estuaries, wetlands, and aquatic preserves through research, education, and demonstration projects.
  • The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program is a partnership to protect the natural environment of southwest Florida from Venice to Bonita Springs to Winter Haven.
  • NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

Registration: Please register using EventBrite.com. You may use this link if you wish to reserve a set and attend the event in person, OR if you wish to register to receive updates only.

In mid-September you will receive an email message from Maran Hilgendorf that includes additional resources for participants to consider. After the workshop, you may receive updates from either the Northwest Neighborhood Association or the Northwest Cape Coral Foundation.