Who We Are
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.
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.
What’s that logo all about?
The logo and mascot of Calusa Waterkeeper is a silhouette of a smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata). The smalltooth sawfish is a critically endangered ray species found in shallow water tropical and subtropical estuaries. The species has disappeared from much of its historical range, but can still be found relatively regularly in Southwest Florida. Several critical habitat and pupping areas have been identified in the Caloosahatchee River, Charlotte Harbor and Estero Bay. They are often seen or caught at area fishing piers and in the shallow back bays.
Several of our Calusa Waterkeeper rangers have done a fine job of documenting their sightings and raising awareness for conservation of the smalltooth sawfish. Protecting this fish and its habitat is high on our list of priorities. Taking of this species is strictly prohibited by law and all sightings should be reported to FWC and the UF Museum of Florida.
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