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      CHNEP Shoreline Survey Results in Punta Gorda

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      March 25, 2013

      Monday   2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

      75 Taylor Street
      Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

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      CHNEP Shoreline Survey Results

      Volunteers Surveyed Lee and Charlotte County Shorelines

      Citizen paddlers and boaters completed the first comprehensive mapping of the Lee and Charlotte county estuarine shoreline in 2007, 2010 and again in 2013. Volunteers collected information about how much shoreline was natural vegetation, nonnative vegetation or "hardened" with seawalls or riprap. They also estimated hurricane damage to the vegetation. The initial shoreline surveys combined on-site field visits by volunteers with aerial photography interpreted by scientists at Photo Science. Photo Science compared the 2007 data to aerial photo data and then incorporated it into a report.

      On Monday, March 25, the CHNEP will provide preliminary results from the 2013 survey and provide guidance on how to access data on the Water Atlas. The results will be published in the CHNEP magazine Harbor Happenings and will be posted at Reports created will combine all three surveys.

      These surveys provide shoreline vegetation condition information that helps inform resource managers in their efforts to restore and maintain estuary shorelines that support diverse fishery and invertebrate populations. The data are also used in studies such as one on the wetland conditions and changes within the watershed, which was conducted by the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and the CHNEP, and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the CHNEP. Survey information helps implement the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), the CHNEP’s plan to protect the environment.

      The 2013 survey is supported with a grant from the Florida Coastal Management Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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