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Saving Estero Bay

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A Win Against Toxic Discharges

Special News: We’ve Earned a Ruling Against the Army Corps in Federal Court

2020 Policy Plan

Read and share Calusa Waterkeeper’s 2020 policy goals for state and federal water quality improvements in Southwest Florida.

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Fighting for Drinkable, Fishable, Swimmable Water

Since 1995

Calusa Waterkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary in Southwest Florida. This includes Lake Okeechobee & Estero Bay, plus the near-shore waterways of Lee County. We strive to achieve this mission through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people.

Thank you for all that you’re doing to improve our water quality and to educate us on changes we ourselves can make to help.

Vicky C.
Cape Coral

I have come to value the work of the Calusa Waterkeeper and its important voice in our community advocating for cleaner water. Keep up with the good work!

Stephen B.

We appreciate all that you do for our community and water quality. Great Job! Thank you, The Jensens.

Jensen’s Marina

Thank you Calusa Waterkeeper and John Cassani for all you do to educate the public about the water quality crisis we are facing in SWFL.

Denny S.
Fort Myers

Thanks to CWK for relentlessly using science and public outreach to fight for clean water in SW Florida! We all benefit.

Gerri R.
Fort Myers

I have learned so much as a volunteer Ranger with Calusa Waterkeeper. Excited to continue!

Mark D.
North Fort Myers

Happy to renew our membership and keep you on the front lines. Thank you for all you do.

Scott & Christine M.
Cape Coral

Explore the Issues

Waterways around the world are under attack by pollution and mismanagement. Southwest Florida is no different.
Calusa Waterkeeper is focused on several local action items as well as regional and national issues affecting our water policy and quality of lives.
We think you’ll agree, these are causes worth fighting for.

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Recent News

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 25

Words from the Waterkeeper, Episode 25

John Cassani brings on local advocate, Cat Chase to talk about phosphate mining and radioactive phosphogypsum toxic waste. Calusa Waterkeeper, among many other groups locally and across the nation, legally petitioned the EPA to demand improved federal regulatory oversight of radioactive phosphogypsum waste.

Fort Myers Forced to Take Responsibility for its Chronic Pollution of Area Waters

Fort Myers Forced to Take Responsibility for its Chronic Pollution of Area Waters

For decades, the city of Fort Myers has polluted its surrounding waters, often with raw sewage. Now, a reckoning is at hand. After months of investigation and negotiation with the city, the FDEP has proposed a consent order that encompasses years of slow leaks, gushing spills, equipment failures and oversight lapses.

Fort Myers City Leaders Seek Answers in DEP Fine

Fort Myers City Leaders Seek Answers in DEP Fine

Fort Myers City Manager Saeed Kazemi said water testing would show that there’s no trace of “human fecals”. But the non-profit organization Calusa Waterkeeper has said otherwise. The DEP says the city has “not addressed or eliminated loading to water bodies of untreated human waste, which poses a risk to human health”.

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