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Volunteer Programs

Charlotte Harbor has several volunteer programs that benefit area water resources. Coordination and training for each is provided by the County. Read about the programs below, then sign up for the volunteer opportunity that best matches your abilities, schedule and interests. You'll meet new people, learn new skills, help your community, and have fun while doing it!

Select a volunteer program below to view additional information. Each program will provide a sign-up form, but you may also use our generic sign-up form:

List of Volunteer Programs

Aquatic Preserve Program

The mission of the Aquatic Preserve Program is to protect and maintain the natural conditions of aquatic preserves for future generations. The primary activities are resource monitoring and management, and education and outreach. The Aquatic Preserve Program is overseen by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA). The local Aquatic Preserve offices include the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves (CHAP), located in Punta Gorda, and the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve (EBAP), located in Fort Myers Beach.

Cape Coral Canalwatch Program Cape Coral Canalwatch Program

Canalwatch is a proactive component of the City’s canal management effort. Program goals are to educate local homeowners about water quality issues, open up communication between citizens and water managers, and increase residents' sense of ownership of our common resources. Each month, volunteers collect environmental data and water samples throughout our City. The samples and data are then brought to Cape Coral’s water quality laboratory for analysis. This volunteer monitoring process provides information about canal dynamics throughout the City, enabling better management of our waters.

Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Network (CHEVWQMN)

The Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Network (CHEVWQMN) is a coordinated system of over 100 volunteers who regularly conduct water quality monitoring throughout the six local Aquatic Preserves in southwest Florida. The Monitoring Network ranges from Lemon Bay, Gasparilla Sound, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass, San Carlos Bay and Estero Bay estuaries.