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    Improvement Management program As you know the waters of the Charlotte Harbor area are some of the most significant waters in this region and their protection is important to all the citizens of Southwest Florida Development and implementation of a SWIM management plan will help to ensure that Charlotte Harbor s natural resources are safeguarded so that future generations can enjoy the economic social and aesthetic values that these waters

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/SFWMDSWIMStaffThankYouLetter022503.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • January 23
    Improvement Management program We wholeheartedly support such an action and ask you and the other members of the Board of Governors to approve of this proposal The waters of the Charlotte Harbor area are some of the most significant waters in this region and their protection is important to all the citizens of Southwest Florida Development and implementation of a SWIM management plan will help to ensure that Charlotte Harbor

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/SFWMD_CHSWIM_Letter_012303.htm (2016-05-02)
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    recent decision to amend the Lee County Comprehensive Plan to include with policies regarding flow ways and green infrastructure This amendment is encouraging in that it promotes increased stormwater infiltration a very important process since much of the natural wetland resources have been lost from this region Restoration of historic natural flow ways is another policy included in the amendment that has great potential for alleviating conditions that promote flooding and hydrologic alterations to receiving waters We look forward to working with Lee County staff members to develop amendments to the Land Development Code related to implementation of this new component of the Comprehensive Plan In addition we feel privileged to have the opportunity to be working with Lee County staff members from both the Natural Resources and Planning offices in regard to public outreach and education on this topic especially as it applies to our initiative to develop a nutrient management partnership for the Estero Bay Watershed Again we congratulate and thank you for your support of this new Lee Plan initiative We hope that it leads to better stormwater management and improved conditions in the important surface water resources of Lee County Sincerely Michael R Bauer J D

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/LBOCC_FWA_Letter_012303.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • we believe that any organization that wishes to nominate a watershed project should be able to do so directly to the EPA No limits should be placed on the number of watershed projects in a given area that could be funded through this grant program watershed projects that are funded through this effort should be the top twenty candidates no matter what their geographic location When setting the criteria for the selection of watershed projects there must certainly be a focus on success but we are disturbed by the proposal to give preference to nominations that have substantially completed planning for projects and are ready to begin Planning requires funding The mission of the Southwest Florida Watershed Council is to protect conserve manage and or restore the land and water resources of the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress Watersheds through participation and cooperation of all stakeholders in consensus building planning and decision making to meet the economic natural and cultural needs for this and succeeding generations and most genuine community groups have extremely limited amounts of funds available for this type of work Projects which are already underway by virtue of having completed the planning process are very likely projects which are also either already partially funded or are eligible for other types of funding While they are certainly worthy for consideration they should not receive priority ranking The likelihood of success can be satisfactory demonstrated in many ways through documentation of stakeholder partnerships commitments from local regional state and national interests establishment of both short term and long term project objectives and performance standards along with evaluation criteria development of a plan to extend the project or components thereof to other watersheds integration of the project with ongoing watershed management programs etc Lastly we would like to see the nomination

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/EPA%20Watershed%20Grant%20RFP%20Input%20Letter%20062702.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Golden Gate Estates Hydrologic Restoration
    individuals elected officials organizations agencies and businesses that have come together to address the issues affecting the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress watersheds We recently learned that the Corps has decided not to recommend the inclusion of the Southern Golden Gate Estates Hydrologic Restoration Project in the Water Resources Development Act WRDA of 2002 This is a great disappointment to us particularly since we were looking forward to pointing out this Project as an early success for Everglades restoration in our region You may not realize that support for restoration in this area is somewhat lacking Many people feel that we are being excluded from restoration efforts yet we still have to pay for them When the people of Southwest Florida learn of a further delay in a project that was going to specifically benefit us it will create a negative response something the whole restoration effort does not need Everyone knows costs are past the 8 billion mark and that millions have already been spent in planning We need to turn dirt and have something to point to as an accomplishment or at least a work in progress Please reconsider your decision and include the Southern Golden Gate Estates Hydrologic

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/golden_gate_estates_hydrologic.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Oxbow Reconnaissance Study Letter
    the Caloosahatchee and its oxbows in Lee and Hendry Counties Organized during the past year the Southwest Florida Watershed Council is a grass roots multi county coalition of individuals organizations agencies and businesses that have come together to address the issues affecting the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress watersheds The purpose of the Watershed Council is to ensure that the interests and concerns of all stakeholders are addressed and that long term management strategies balance the needs of this region s growth and the natural systems upon which our economy and quality of life depend As we work to i mprove coordination and promote integration among the various interests involved in the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress watersheds it is imperative that we reach out to all of the entities already focused on aspects of the watersheds The Caloosahatchee River Citizen s Association is a key player in the effort to study the river and its oxbows and we wholeheartedly support its ongoing work as well as that of Rae Ann Wessel who is devoting much of her personal attention to this effort If you have any questions about the Southwest Florida Watershed Council I invite you to visit our web site

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Archives/oxbow_reconnaissance_study_letter.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Support letter Ding Darling NWF
    expansion After hearing your presentation and reviewing the literature you provided the members of the Watershed Council reached a consensus to endorse the Preferred Alternative protection and management of up to 45 000 acres We support your proposal to protect additional fish and wildlife habitats in Lee and Charlotte Counties through a combination of management agreements leases and conservation easements with willing landowners and fee title purchases from willing sellers We agree that by expanding the boundaries of the J N Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Complex the U S F W S will increase its ability to protect breeding populations of colonial birds assist other agencies and organizations in their habitat management efforts and respond to opportunities to protect areas vital to the establishing purposes of the refuges and the mission of the U S F W S We appreciate your efforts to keep the people of Southwest Florida in the loop regarding the work of the U S F W S in this area We look forward to working with you and your colleagues to further address critical water resource issues facing the Caloosahatchee and Big Cypress watersheds Sincerely Noel Andress Chairman Board of Directors The mission of

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/Documents/support_letter_ding_darling_nwf.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • WC Membership
    Form If you d like to join for more than one year saving all of us time and money please complete this form and send it with your membership dues to P O Box 61063 Fort Myers FL 33906 You ll receive a letter and a membership card once your dues have been processed Name Street City State Zip Telephone day Telephone evening Fax Email Affiliation Level see below Website

    Original URL path: http://www.swfwc.org/membership.htm (2016-05-02)
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