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Conservation Collier faces significant cutback

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is extremely disappointed by the budget cuts to Conservation Collier through reduced funding at the millage rollback rate (a 9% cut) and the raid of…

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Action Alert: Save Conservation Collier

Conservation Collier, our local land acquisition program, is under threat of defunding!  Over the past two decades, Conservation Collier has successfully purchased environmentally sensitive lands throughout Collier County, protecting native…

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Quiet disaster: Dapis algae in Matlacha Aquatic Preserve and Charlotte Harbor

Our nearshore waters are crying for help, but are we listening? In Lee County, many are familiar with the impact that Lake Okeechobee discharges and basin runoff have on the…

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“Path of the Panther” movie event spreads awareness on the endangered species

On July 15th, over 100 attendees made their way to Silverspot Cinema in Mercato to watch a special screening of the National Geographic film, “The Path of the Panther.” “Path…

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Settlement reached on Rivergrass Village

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has reached a settlement with Collier Enterprises regarding Rivergrass Village, the first approved village for the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA) in eastern Collier County. Our challenge against Rivergrass has been the Conservancy’s largest legal battle in our nearly 60-year history.

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Local fertilizer ordinances under attack

Preserve common sense solutions to our water quality crisis Our waters are our greatest resource. Yet algae blooms, some containing toxins, have recently been observed from Naples all the way…

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Legislative session wrap-up

As detailed below, the 2023 legislative session was a mixed bag.  Our state legislators filed a number of concerning bills that counter the positive policy solutions for which the Conservancy…

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Collier CSRM: New information coming & more public meetings scheduled

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Collier County are providing additional opportunities for public engagement in the Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) feasibility study. The CSRM…

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Ask Governor DeSantis to veto attack on local waterway protections

For over 15 years, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and our partners have been depending on urban fertilizer ordinances to help solve our water quality crisis. It is well established…