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Calusa Waterkeeper, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, the near-shore waters of Lee County, and their watersheds, through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people.

Our Story
Our Jurisdiction
Our Mission
Our Goals and Objectives
Our Team
Corporate and License Documents


Our Story
Calusa Waterkeeper, Inc. began in 1995 as Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association, Inc. (Riverwatch). We were admitted to Waterkeeper Alliance in 2015 as an Affiliate. In December 2016 we achieved full Member status in Waterkeeper Alliance, adopting the new name Calusa Waterkeeper, Inc.


Waterkeeper Jurisdiction
Each Waterkeeper around the USA and world has an area of jurisdiction, which they patrol and work to protect and improve. The Calusa Waterkeeper jurisdiction includes the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, and the near-shore waters all along Lee County.
Calusa Waterkeeper Jurisdiction Map:
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Florida Waterkeeper Alliance Map: Large scale



Our Mission
Protect and Preserve the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee to the Coastal Waters.


Our Goals and Objectives
  1. To strive to improve the waters of our jurisdiction, including its impacts on riparian and estuarine systems, wildlife habitat, and marine life.
  2. To promote public education concerning the historical significance, present condition, and future of our water bodies and watersheds.
  3. To increase public awareness of the importance of our waters to our quality of life.
  4. To study the effect of domestic, commercial, and agricultural uses of our water resources.
  5. To monitor and work to improve water quality, quantity, and flow characteristics.
  6. To observe and participate in the activities of public bodies responsible for the management of our waters and our watersheds.


Calusa Waterkeeper Program Staff
John Cassani - Calusa Waterkeeper
Member since 1995 (founding member)
Director/officer/committee chair since 1997
John Cassani is a career scientist and outspoken water advocate. He is retired from Lee County Hyacinth Control District where as a biologist he led a range of programs including the regional grass carp breeding program. In addition to being a founding member of Caloosahatchee Riverwatch, John also founded the Watershed Council of Southwest Florida which he led until being selected as the first Calusa Waterkeeper. [Profile Link]
   
Reinaldo Diaz - Executive Director
Member since 2017
Executive Director since 2017
Reinaldo Diaz is Calusa Waterkeeper's new Executive Director (ED). A Florida native, Reinaldo attended law school with the goal of pursuing a career in environmental advocacy. He will serve as Executive Director until Jan 2018 at which time he will form a Waterkeeper organization for Palm Beach & north Broward Counties. [Profile Link]

2017-2018 Officers:
  1. Gene Gibson - President and Board Chairman
  2. Ruth Watkins - Vice President
  3. Ron Zimmerly - Treasurer
  4. John Capece - Recording Secretary
  5. Ron Zimmerly - Treasurer
  6. Linda Mattos - Corresponding Secretary

2017-2018 Board of Directors:
Linda Mattos, Director & Corresponding Secretary
Member since 1995 (founding member)
Director/officer/committee chair since 2005
Linda Mattos is a retired educator having completed her career in the Lee County School District. Linda lives on the Caloosahatchee in Fort Myers. She and her husband donated the organization's first boat, motor & trailer, thereby enabling the Waterkeeper to get onto our waterways where he can collect data and work to improve conditions.
   
John Capece, Director & Recording Secretary
Member since 1995 (founding member)
Director/officer/committee chair since 1995
Dr. John C. Capece is a Florida native and an agricultural engineering graduate of University of Florida. He has 35 years of experience in south Florida water and environmental and issues. He resides in LaBelle where he hosts university student interns who assist with non-profit projects including Calusa Waterkeeper.
   
Ron Zimmerly, Director & Treasurer
Member since 2008
Director/officer/committee chair since 2010
Ron Zimmerly is an ordained minister with a background in international development. He currently serves as finance director for the City of LaBelle. In this and in his prior capacity as Hendry County grants director, Ron is credited with leading the conceptualization and funding for numerous riverfront improvements in LaBelle where he lives and where he was born and raised.
   
John Paul, Director
Member since 2010
Director/officer/committee chair since 2014
John Pauln is a fourth-generation citrus and owner of Car Two Citeu Brokerage and Paulopolis Natural Products. He also manages properties for various uses such as Agriculture and industrial. John Paul is a maverick, determined to be both an agriculturalist and an environmentalist.
   
David Laties, Director
Member since 2013
Director/officer/committee chair since 2015
David Laties is a snow-bird spending winters at his North Fort Myers riverfront home and summers in the Hudson River Valley of New York. A native of Peabody, Massachusetts, David is a pioneering numismatics entrepreneur. His work takes him throughout the world.
   
Gene Gibson, Director & President
Member since 2014
Director/officer/committee chair since 2015
Gene Gibson retired to a downtown Fort Myers condominium on the river. After a career as an attorney which included advocacy work for the Natural Resources Defense Council and work in Afghanistan for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Gene continues to take on challenges as a Calusa Waterkeeper leader focused on urban development issues.
   
Ruth Watkins, Director & Vice President
Member since 2017
Director/officer/committee chair since 2017
Ruth Watkins has over 30 years experience working for water quality-focused environmental organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Much of that time was spent coordinating with agencies, local governments and diverse groups to undertake multifaceted projects to protect vulnerable water resources. [Profile Link]
   
Jean Turnbull, Director
Member since 2016
Director/officer/committee chair since 2017
Jean Turnbull is an experienced mariner having cruised all over the world, including an almost one-year circumnavigation around eastern North America and an 18-week trip around Alaska's Inside Passage. She has also made her mark in the air, flying propeller-powered aircraft in a 28-day recreation of the 1919 London to Sydney Air Race.[Profile Link]
Committees:
  1. Nominating Committee
  2. Technical Committee
  3. Projects and Events Committee
  4. Membership and Fund Raising Committee
  5. Public Affairs Committee
  6. Budget and Audit Subcommittee

Applicants for additions to the Board of Directors are welcome. Please complete the Form and submit to Calusa Waterkeeper.


Corporate and License Documents:
  1. IRS Non-Profit Status
  2. FL Chapter 496 Registration
  3. Bylaws [PDF] [DOC]
  4. Incorporation
  5. Sales Tax Exemption
  6. New Conflict of Interest Policy [HTML] [DOC]
  7. W-9 Form [PDF]
  8. Important Files
  9. Meeting Minutes
  10. Newsletters
Calusa Waterkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, the near-shore waters of Lee County, and their watersheds, through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people.
Contact us
239-444-8584
info@CalusaWaterkeeper.org
Address
P.O. Box 1165
Ft. Myers, FL 33902
Membership Data and Governance Documents and Newsletters
Copyright © 2017 Calusa Waterkeeper.

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CRCA "Riverwatch" is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River and its watershed, through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people.



Contact us
239-245-9954
riverwatch@caloosahatchee.org



Address
P.O. Box 2199
LaBelle, FL 33935

Membership Data and Governance Documents
Copyright © 2015 Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association, Inc.


Web Page Design, Software, and News Postings
Copyright © 2015 Southern DataStream, Inc. All rights reserved.