Get To Know Our Estuaries

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  Get To Know Our Estuaries





DEP Linkups are free meetings.


Aug. 4, 2021

1:30 p.m.


Who Should Attend:

Scientists, managers, elected officials, and coastal and inland stakeholders throughout Central and Southwest Florida. The general public is always welcome to attend.


After you have registered, join on your computer or mobile device.  

Or call in at 850-629-7330
Phone Conf ID: 240 825 607#
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Upcoming Topics


  • Oct. 6, 2021
    Southwest Florida living shorelines.

  • Dec. 1, 2021
    Sustainability and coastal resilience.


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's South District Office invites you to join us for a discussion on estuaries and watersheds of Southwest Florida.



Estuaries and Watersheds of Central and Southwest Florida, Nicole Iadevaia, Research & Outreach Manager, Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP)

  • This presentation will focus on the vision of the CHNEP, which works to protect and restore water resources throughout the region — from Dona Bay in Venice, through Charlotte Harbor and south to Estero Bay. Our areas of focus are water quality improvement, hydrological restoration, fish populations, wildlife and habitat protection, and public engagement.

Development of a Report Card for Sarasota Bay,
Dr. David Tomasko, Executive Director, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

  • The presentation will provide an overview of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP), which has recently developed a report card for the bay that is based on a reference period when our bays were demonstrably healthier. The report includes data on nutrient concentrations, the amount of phytoplankton in the water, seagrass coverage and the amount of macroalgae. Results will be discussed as well as regulatory implications. 

View the Speakers' Bios 

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About DEP Linkups

DEP Linkups are meaningful platforms for connectivity. They encourage information sharing among stakeholders, regulated communities, local businesses and government agencies. Our meetings enhance the department’s mission to protect Florida’s natural resources together.

By providing this regular program, DEP offers attendees the opportunity to learn, network and share information with guest speakers who provide channels for expert discussion with our regulated and non-regulated community.

For more information, please contact Martha Avila or
Jacob Newberry, or call 239-344-5600