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Charlotte Harbor Watershed

Charlotte Harbor Watershed

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General Information

What is a Watershed?

A watershed (also called a drainage basin) is an area on the land surface from which water flows or has the potential to flow to a common destination. Watersheds are naturally separated from adjacent basins by topographic divides.

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Description

The Charlotte Harbor Watershed is located within CHNEP and spans 350.2 square miles. The watershed contains 13 named lakes/ponds, 21 named rivers/streams/canals and 5 named bays/bayous.

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Drainage Basins

Watersheds are areas of land with waterways that flow to a common destination. The boundaries between watersheds are elevated areas called divides. In this Atlas, the watersheds are composed of groups of creeks that flow to a single bay or group of bays. Drainage basins are subunits of watersheds and are defined by the main creek that flows through them. CHNEP has five watersheds, named after the bays or river, and 19 drainage basins, named after the creeks. Stormwater improvements to reduce flooding and improve water quality are based on the drainage basin unit. Learn more about watersheds »

Specific drainage basins within this watershed include:

Regulation

Who to call about environmental concerns and to report environmentally harmful activities. For potentially life threatening emergencies dial 911.

Concern or Activity Contact(s)
Dangerous Boating / Accidents

FWCC, Division of Boating Safety
1-850-488-5600 (to report an accident) or
1-888-404-3922 (to report unsafe boating)

Algal Blooms

FDEP 1-850-305-3903

Fish Kill

FWCC, Fish Kills
1-800-636-0511

General Concerns/Complaints

DeSoto, Hardee, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota:
FDEP Southwest Office, 1-813-470-5700

Charlotte & Lee:
FDEP South Office, 1-239-344-5600

Industrial Waste/Spill

FDEP State Watch Office
1-800-320-0519

Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

FWCC, Wildlife Violations
1-888-404-3922
or via cell phone, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier

Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts

DeSoto, Hardee, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota:
FDEP Southwest Office, 1-813-470-5700

Charlotte & Lee:
FDEP South Office, 1-239-344-5600

Aquatic Plant Removal

FWCC
Polk County: 1-863-534-7074
Elsewhere: 1-813-744-6163

Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading

FDEP
1-813-470-5700

Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill

DeSoto, Hardee, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota:
FDEP Southwest Office, 1-813-470-5700

Charlotte & Lee:
FDEP South Office, 1-239-344-5600

Source(s): USF Water Institute

Legend:
FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection

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