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Governor DeSantis signs Executive Order 23-06

On January 10th, 2023, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-06. This order demonstrates the Governor’s clear commitment for funding Everglades Restoration and improving water quality in Florida. Highlights include: Securing…

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Water Quality Data Resources

The Conservancy has evaluated many of the water quality data collection programs conducted by both agencies and non-profits as they relate to SWFL.  You may find these resources helpful if…

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Conservancy’s Amber Crooks Joins Leadership Collier Class of 2023

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Policy Manager, Amber Crooks, has been selected to join the Leadership Collier Class of 2023. The mission of the Leadership Collier Foundation is to activate the…

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Court of Appeal sides with the Conservancy: We have a right to challenge Rivergrass on grounds of traffic and taxpayer impacts

When the Collier County Board of County Commissioners approved Rivergrass Village in 2020, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, along with many others, argued that Rivergrass Village would cost taxpayers millions…

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Appellate Court Agrees with Conservancy: Rivergrass Must Comply with Fiscal Neutrality and Traffic Impact Laws

In the Second District Court of Appeal State of Florida Appeal from the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Collier County, Florida Conservancy of Southwest Florida,…

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Red tide threatens Southwest Florida’s coastal communities

Southwest Florida is experiencing continued growth and development and the population has increased a staggering 10-fold during the past 50 years. Similarly, instances of harmful algae blooms have also increased…

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Second District Court of Appeal Rules on Rivergrass

In the Second District Court of Appeal State of Florida Appeal from the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Collier County, Florida Conservancy of Southwest Florida,…

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New study: LOSOM effects on Lake Okeechobee ecology

By Dr. Paul Julian For the past several years, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida team and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) have been fully immersed in the Lake Okeechobee System Operating…

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The Fight to Protect the Panther Continues with the Bellmar Development   

The proposed Eastern Collier Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), proposed by large landowners in rural Collier County, was an “extinction plan” for the endangered Florida panther. It would have…