Our Work

Environment Council

Our Mission

The purpose of the Environment Council (EC) is to serve as the voice of the residents of greater Estero to improve environmental quality. Fighting for what’s right and striving to right what’s wrong, it seeks opportunities, offers solutions, challenges threats, and monitors local, county, and state government environment performance. It communicates reliable and accurate information to ECCL leadership and residents to make informed decisions and encourage community engagement.

Collaborating with local, state, and national organizations and other conservation organizations, the ECC will be active in many issues that affect greater Estero’s environment, including but not limited to:

  • Improved water quality
  • Improved air quality
  • Mitigating the effects of climate warming

 

 

What we’re doing…

The ECCL Environment Council monitors threats to Southwest Florida habitats, wetlands, water quality, wildlife and any issue that affects the quality of the environment affecting Estero. We work with agencies including The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and others to inform residents of actions they can take to preserve and protect our paradise.

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam

Watch our local eagle nest, with a countdown to eggs hatching, courtesy of Dick Pritchett Real Estate. Click the image to be taken to the website.

Resources

Lee County: Our Water Story

Environment Campaigns…

Water Quality

DR/GR
Lake Okeechobee Releases
Algae Blooms
Red Tide
Flood Prevention

Wildlife Protection

Florida Panther
Sea Turtle Nesting
Manatee Protection

Limerock Mining

Protection of DR/GR
Traffic Impact
Blast Damage

Parks & Public Lands

Preservation
Access

Take Action

Act Now: Protected Species at Risk

Act Now: Protected Species at Risk

An environmentally sensitive site of 1,800+ acres in eastern Lee County, which is home to the endangered Florida panther and surrounded by preserves, is at risk of becoming a 781-acre mine pit, permanently removing habitats for state and federally protected species...

The DR/GR – What is it and why you should care about it

The DR/GR – What is it and why you should care about it

DR/GR stands for density reduction – groundwater resource. It is a large area of land (over 80,000 acres) just east of Estero that was established jointly in 1990 by the State of Florida and Lee County with the specific purpose of protecting the principal water supply...

Featured Reports

Septic to Sewer

A primer on the dangers of septic systems to the Greater Estero area’s environment, and the changes coming in the next few years. 

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Articles

Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

The Adopt a Highway Program has Re-commenced its Third Season to Keep Estero Looking Beautiful Want to help? The ECCL has embarked on its third season collaborating with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to help clean Hwy 41 between the Vines entrance...

Act Now: Protected Species at Risk

Act Now: Protected Species at Risk

An environmentally sensitive site of 1,800+ acres in eastern Lee County, which is home to the endangered Florida panther and surrounded by preserves, is at risk of becoming a 781-acre mine pit, permanently removing habitats for state and federally protected species...

Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

Great Results from the Second Adopt-a-Highway Season

The second ECCL "Adopt a Highway" season has officially and successfully concluded. The ECCL and Julie Yellig, who organized the program in 2020, would like to thank all those volunteers who have participated in helping clean Hwy 41 in Estero. Volunteers from over 30...

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