Caloosahatchee Oxbows


Oxbow Preservation

After the Caloosahatchee was channelized by projects beginning in 1880 and ending in 1960, water flowed directly down the straight, deepened river whose vertical shores are without littoral habitat. Today the oxbows of the Caloosahatchee are those historic, remnant meanders of the oiriginal river. They represent the only productive aquatic, habitat left in the riverene system suitable to serve these same critical functions. Since 1996 Calusa Waterkeeper has worked to document and restore the oxbows.

Priority Issues

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Harmful Algal Blooms

Cyanobacteria & Red Tide

Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and Karenia brevis (red tide) have been making major impacts on Southwest Florida.


Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Revise System Operating Manual

The Caloosahatchee River often suffers from too much freshwater in the wet season, and not enough freshwater in the dry season.

Chiquita Lock

Cape Coral Spreader Canals

Nutrient & Sediment Loading

The City of Cape Coral is working to remove large storm-water barriers to make recreational boating more convenient.

Cassani at Billy's Creek

Bacteria Monitoring

Fecal Indicator Bacteria

Calusa Waterkeeper has been at the forefront of monitoring this Fort Myers tributary for fecal bacteria indicators.