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Ten Days of Christmas (2006-12-27)

Done unwrapping your Christmas gifts? Well, let's see what the regional water management elves made for us this year. Paul Reynolds takes a humorous slant on what state and federal agencies sent down the river this holiday season. [Opinion]

2007-01-30


 

Water Resources Development Act (2006-12-27)

If passed by Congress in 2007, WRDA would create a new national policy for water resources planning focused on peer review and mitigation of unavoidable impacts to rivers and wetlands. [Article] [Amendments] [Background]

2007-03-24


 

Legislative Priorities (2006-12-27)

At the annual legislative meeting, Senator Burt Saunders (R-Naples) proposed a Caloosahatchee Basin Board and expanding the SFWMD board to 16 appointees - one per county. [Article] [News-Press] [Map]

2007-05-23


 

U.S. Senator Martinez on River Issues (2006-12-25)

On Dec 19, Sen. Mel Martinez promised to help solve SW Florida water quality problems. He acknowledged the linkage between red tides and nutrient-laden fresh waters flowing to the Gulf from the Caloosahatchee and other sources. [Article]

2007-03-24


 

Riverfront Towers & The Vue (2006-12-25)

The public continues asking the Ft. Myers City Council to do the right thing for the City and River's future by not allowing riverfront towers to encroach on public park land. Experts offer world class planning advice.
[News-Press] [Design Video]

2007-02-13


 

Court Ruling on Water Quality (2006-12-23)

A Miami judge has ruled that the SFWMD pumping polluted water into Lake Okeechobee violates the Clean Water Act. Rumors claim Bush has issued an executive order contradicting the court. [Sanibel] [W.Palm] [Miami] [Ruling] [Editorial]

2007-05-23


 

Algae Investigations (2006-12-19)

Studies continue on the impacts of nutrient-laden discharges from the Caloosahatchee into the Gulf. A green alga called Enteromorpha smothered hundreds of acres of seagrass in southern Pine Island Sound in January. [Article] [News-Press]

2007-03-25


 

Mahoney Tours River Park (2006-12-04)

Candidate for U.S. Congress, Tim Mahoney, along with Glades Commissioner Alvin Ward and former U.S. Senator Bob Graham discuss Caloosahatchee issues during a pre-elections visit to LaBelle. [Details] [Photos] [Article]

2007-01-30


 

FOB Paddle Event (2006-12-04)

Another successful event, thanks to the hard work of all our volunteers & sponsors, particularly CHNEP. We enjoyed a great tour of the Creek, including an awesome mangrove tunnel, even had a guitar serenade.
[See document]

2007-01-11


 

Seagrass At A 'Global Crisis' (2006-12-04)

International scientists have published an article stating that the world's coastal seagrasses are in a state of "Global Crisis". Seagrasses are being destroyed by sediment and nutrient runoff. For more details check the link below. [Article]

2007-05-23


 

River, Roots & Ruts Train Run (2006-12-01)

This year's Annual River, Roots & Ruts Trail Run is a 5K Fun Run and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles)... to help you break in that New Year resolution on Sunday, January 7, 2007. Last year 260 runners from 17 states and 4 nations joined in the event.
[More Details]

2006-12-28


 

CRCA VP Receives UF Award (2006-11-23)

University of Florida professor Dr. Martin Main and Master Naturalist program coordinator Ginger Allen presented Margaret England of LaBelle with the 2006 SW Florida regional recognition award on Nov 4 at the first statewide conference. [Article]

2007-03-24


 

River Ride 2006 (2006-11-22)

The 10th Annual Caloosahatchee River Ride is the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19. Over 100 riders participated in 2005 and we expect more this year. Plan now to join us for this always enjoyable Riverwatch tradition. [Registration & Map] [Announcement]

2006-12-04


 

Caloosahatchee Oxbow Tours (2006-10-24)

Join Riverwatch for a cruise through the historic remnants of the Caloosahatchee River. Rae Ann Wessel will introduce you to wildlife,history and folklore of the Oxbows. Cruises are schedule for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Apr and May. [Cruise Announcement]

2007-04-25


 

Alligators, Sharks, and Panthers (2006-10-20)

The Riverwatch meeting in Ft. Myers on November 1 will feature a speaker, author Charles Sobczak. He will present his new book about Florida's development and its future. [Announcement] [Book] [Author]

2006-11-05


 

River at a Crossroads (2006-10-12)

Come and participate in public forums examining the polluted and complex lake system, including its effects downstream on the Caloosahatchee River and into Southwest Florida estuaries.
[Public Event] [WGCU] [Expressions]

2006-11-22


 

Riverwatch Newsletter (2006-09-21)

In the CRCA newsletter learn about blue-green algae bloom, red tide outbreaks, the C-43 Test Cells results, and other a list of the many Riverwatch events scheduled for the next few months. [Current] [Archive]

2006-10-17


 

American Rivers Lobby Day (2006-09-21)

CRCA's Mary Rawl visited Congress Sep 11-12 to advocated protection of our nation's rivers. Also from SW Florida were Susan Kennedy (Everglades Coalition) & Jennifer Hecker (Conservancy). [Image] [Documents] [News]

2006-10-24


 

Proposed Runoff Rules (2006-09-20)

Oct. 30 is the deadline for comments to SFWMD on the new basin rule governing new development. This is critical for the future of the Caloosahatchee. [Draft Rule] [Report] [Comments]

2006-10-23


 

Charity Golf Tournament (2006-09-16)

The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be hosted by Construction Materials, Ltd. on Oct 7 at Heritage Palms Country Club to benefit Riverwatch. [Registration] [Course Info] [Contact Karen Bickford]

2006-10-13


 

Afternoon on Green (2006-09-16)

Lee County Parks and Recreation is organizing "Afternoon on the Green" at the "Berg" on Sunday Nov 5, 2006 at 1 to 5pm. Come and Enjoy.
[More Details]

2006-10-12


 

America's Endangered Rivers (2006-09-14)

The Caloosahatchee has been named as one of America's 2006 Ten Most Endangered Rivers. Learn more about what must be done to reverse the decline. [Fast Facts]
[Comprehensive Web Page]

2006-09-21


 

Student Documentary (2006-08-21)

University of Groningen student Lars Gierveld from the Netherlands created a documentary titled "Endangered." The 32-minute film presents perspectives on the crisis facing the Caloosahatchee River. [Watch Video]

2006-09-21


 

Stop Pumping Dirty Water (2006-08-14)

EPA is proposing a rule that would allow polluted water to be dumped into another body of water without restrictions. This threatens the health of all of our nation's waters. [Example Letter] [Take Action]

2006-09-21


 

Cape Coral Canal Watch (2006-08-02)

Canalwatch is a volunteer program to help the City of Cape Coral monitor 400 miles of canals for water quality and potential problems. Canalwatch invites residents to participate. [Newsletter] [Membership]
[Web Site]

2006-09-14


 

Coastal Dead Zones (2006-08-02)

In a special "oceans series" the Los Angeles Times covers the plight of waters from Florida to Washington State. Troubles in the Caloosahatchee are part of a larger crisis facing waterways throughout the developed world. [LA Times] [Florida Algae]

2006-09-14


 

Earth Day at Billy Creek (2006-07-14)

Riverwatch celebrated EARTH DAY with Fort Myers City Councilman Warren Wright and 70 others at Billy Creek. Everyone pitched in to clean up our little corner of the planet. [Photos] [More Details]

2006-07-28


 

Michael Grunwald: The Swamp (2006-07-01)

Michael Grunwald, the Washington Post journalist who in 2002 reported on the politics of development in SW Florida, held a book signing in Naples on Sunday, April 30, attended by Riverwatch officers. [2002 Article] [2006 Video]

2006-07-20


 

Riverwatch Press Conference (2006-07-01)

Riverwatch held a press conference on April 19 at Centennial Park in Ft. Myers to announce the naming of the Caloosahatchee as America's 7th Most Endangered River of 2006. [Details]

2006-07-18


 

LaBelle Nature Park (2006-06-25)

Riverwatch and the Eco-recreation Coalition are working to transform the LaBelle Nature Park into a riverfront attraction. The group delivered a progress report to the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board. [Presentation] [Park WebSite]

2006-08-01


 

Oxbow Restoration (2006-06-19)

Over 180 people attended the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Old Ft. Denaud Oxbow restoration sponsored by Riverwatch, Hendry County and SFWMD. [Article] [Media] [Commemorative Shirt] [Video] [Map] [Photo Gallery]

2006-08-02


 

Senator Nelson (2006-04-17)

During stops in Sanibel and LaBelle, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson addressed water quality issues. He spoke with Riverwatch President Mary Rawl in Sanibel and V.P. Margaret England in LaBelle. [More Details]

2006-04-24


 

Earth Day at Billy Creek (2006-04-17)

Celebrate EARTH DAY with Fort Myers City Councilman Warren Wright and all your new & old friends at Billy Creek on Saturday, April 22 from 9 AM to noon. Everyone will be pitching in to clean up our little corner of the Earth. [Details]

2006-04-25


 

Stop the Muck!! (2006-04-11)

The damage done to natural resources in SW Florida was highlighted by a report in the News-Press article on the catastrophic threat of explosive algae growth in J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. [Details]

2006-04-20


 

Senator Nelson (2006-04-11)

During stops in Sanibel and LaBelle, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson discussed water quality issues with local citizens. In Sanibel he talked with CRCA Pres. Mary Rawl. In LaBelle he answered questions from CRCA VP Margaret England. [Video] [Algae Photos]

2006-04-21


 

Riverwatch Press Conference (2006-04-11)

Riverwatch and several organizations held a press conference on April 19 at Centennial Park in Ft. Myers to announce the naming of the Caloosahatchee as America's 7th Most Endangered River of 2006. [More Details]

2006-04-21


 

LaBelle Nature Park (2006-04-11)

Riverwatch and the Eco-recreation Coalition are working to transform the LaBelle Nature Park. The group delivered a progress report to the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board on April 18. [More Details]

2006-04-21


 

Oxbow Celebration (2006-04-04)

Over 180 people attended the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Old Ft. Denaud Oxbow restoration sponsored by Riverwatch, Hendry County and SFWMD.
[More Details]

2006-04-19


 

American Rivers Nomination (2006-04-04)

The City of LaBelle has endorsed CRCA's nomination of the Caloosahatchee as one of the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.A. for 2006. LaBelle Resolution. Interview with Mayor of LaBelle Randy Bengston [More Details]

2006-04-20


 

Press Conference (2006-04-04)

The Caloosahatchee has been named as one of America's 2006 Ten Most Endangered Rivers. CRCA holds a press conference Wednesday at 11:30 AM in Centennial Park to make the announcement. [Details]

2006-04-20


 

Join PURRE! (2006-04-03)

Join PURRE, Riverwatch & others for an afternoon of music, discussions, and action on April 9 from 1-5pm at Sanibel Community Center.
[More Details]

2006-04-17


 

Friends of Billy's Creek (2006-01-30)

Billy Creek empties to the Caloosahatchee in Downtown Ft Myers. 10 years ago you could fish for snook in the creek. Now, stormwater runoff has turned this natural treasure into a polluted ditch. [More Details]

2006-04-11


 

American Rivers Nomination (2006-01-09)

The City of LaBelle endorsed CRCA's nomination of the Caloosahatchee as one of the 10 Most Endangered Rivers in the U.S.A. for 2006.
[Video] [More Details]

2006-04-04