In October of 2022, Tampa Bay Waterkeeper and partners Smith Boatworks, Power Pole, Skinny Water Culture, Danco and Turtlebox initiated a fundraising drive for those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Thanks to the Tampa Bay community, the initiative raised $4,830, and the Tampa Bay Waterkeeper board of directors chose to bestow all proceeds to Calusa Waterkeeper.
Immediately following Hurricane Ian, the Calusa Waterkeeper team began a priority initiative to distribute free drinking water test kits throughout the community. This allowed countless residents to ensure their drinking water supply was safe to use after the storm impacted the area’s utility infrastructure.
“As we continue these efforts, we are grateful for the support and thoughtfulness from our fellow waterkeeper family,” says Calusa Waterkeeper, Capt. Codty Pierce. “Rest assured these funds will be used to continue our mission of protecting the waters of Southwest Florida and our waterways’ impact on human health and quality of life.”