A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

South Florida Water Management

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 8.1 million residents

Florida Fish and wildlife commission

Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. (And home of the red tide tracker).

St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Research with a primary focus on investigating processes related to coastal and marine environments and societal implications related to natural hazards, resource sustainability, and environmental change.

The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program

Cutting-edge scientific research and restoration, environmental education and public outreach, as well as supporting and convening partners and stakeholders throughout the region to protect and restore water and other exceptional natural resources.

ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

Florida Sea Grant

Florida Sea Grant is a university-based program that supports research, education and extension to conserve coastal resources and enhance economic opportunities for the people of Florida. (University of Florida)

UF Water Institute

The University of Florida Water Institute brings together talent from throughout the University and builds internal and external partnerships to address urgent water research challenges; implement innovative interdisciplinary academic programs to train excellent students; and provide state-of-the-art expert assistance and educational programs for external stakeholders.  

USF Water Institute

The USF Water Institute brings together faculty, students and stakeholders to conduct transdisciplinary research, provide innovative educational experiences, and facilitate public outreach efforts that promote science-based solutions to local and global water challenges. (University of South Florida).

The Water School

Located in the midst of Florida’s complex freshwater and saltwater systems, The Water School is uniquely positioned to explore water-based issues. The health of waterways impacts surrounding ecosystems, regional and state economies and people who rely on water for life and leisure. By taking a leadership role in this vital arena, FGCU acts as a catalyst for change in our community and throughout the world. (Florida Gulf Coast University). 

Institute of Water and Environment

From the coral reefs in the deep ocean to the wetlands of the Everglades, the FIU Institute of Water and Environment (InWE) is advancing the science and technology needed to address complex water and environmental issues locally, nationally and globally. InWE supports interdisciplinary research, interactive education, and public engagement by linking top scientists with thought-leaders and business professionals, as well as local, state, and federal collaborators to foster environmental sustainability. (Florida International University)

Florida Institute of Oceanography

Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) is chartered to provide infrastructure support to facilitate collaborative research and education related to Florida’s coastal and ocean environment, and to serve as a coordinating body across academia, state and federal agencies, ocean science organizations and the private sector in addressing new opportunities and problems to be solved through research, education and outreach. FIO is an enabler, a facilitator and coordinator.

RESEARCH LABORATORIES

FAU Harbor Branch

FAU Harbor Branch’s research community of approximately 200 ocean scientists, staff and students drives innovation in: marine science and engineering; conservation of coral reefs, studies of marine mammals and fisheries; marine drug discovery; estuarine and coastal ecology and observation; ocean dynamics and modeling; aquaculture and marine science education. 

MOTE MARINE RESEARCH LAB

Mote Marine is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.

NON-PROFIT AGENCIES

BullSugar

Bullsugar.org is dedicated to stopping the damaging discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and restoring the flow of clean freshwater to Florida Bay. 

Friends of the Everglades

Founded in 1969 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Friends of the Everglades has been a plaintiff in critical water quality litigation and has used education and grassroots advocacy to protect, preserve, and restore the only Everglades in the world 

Florida Conservation Coalition

The FCC works to increase the effectiveness of the environmental community. We are a coalition of over 80 conservation-minded organizations and over two thousand individuals devoted to protecting and conserving Florida’s land, fish and wildlife, and water resources.

Everglades Foundation

The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Funds raised by the Foundation are used for scientific research, advancing understanding of the Greater Everglades ecosystem and to provide grants to our conservation partners. In addition to grants, the Foundation supports necessary legal actions to help protect the Everglades. 

Everglades Trust

Everglades Trust, a political non-profit organization headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida, is an organized group of citizens, businesses and community leaders who are committed to protecting the Everglades and three nationally important coastal estuaries. The Trust is a leader in the bi-partisan Now Or Neverglades movement focused on bringing the Everglades into the Florida political narrative.

Everglades Coalition

The Everglades Coalition is an alliance of more than sixty local, state and national conservation and environmental organizations dedicated to full restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes into Lake Okeechobee and to the estuaries, through the River of Grass, out to Florida Bay and the Keys. 

Captains For Clean Water

Captains for Clean Water is a grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that advocates for the elimination of harmful, large-scale Lake Okeechobee discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie River Estuaries by restoring the natural flow of Lake Okeechobee water south into the Everglades and Florida Bay.

Calusa Waterkeeper

Calusa Waterkeeper, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, the near-shore waters of Lee County, and their watersheds, through education and promotion of responsible use and enjoyment by all people

Clean Water Initiative of Florida

The Clean Water Initiative of Florida is an advocacy group dedicated to preserving Florida’s natural resources through public education, awareness and policy change.

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust

In the Florida Keys and South Florida, BTT is working to determine and address the causes of declining fish populations. BTT has defined a series of research steps that will lead to actionable knowledge to improve the Keys flats fishery. We will advocate for those actions that will protect and restore the fishery and habitats. 

EDUCATIONAL LINKS

Understanding Florida's Red Tide

Florida’s lingering red tide has left many concerned residents with unanswered questions. Using up-to-date, science-based information, faculty with UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant have written this blog post to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about red tide.

Harmful Algae Blooms Affecting Florida’s Coast

The latest information on harmful algae blooms in Florida, compiled by an editorial team consisting top Florida Sea Grant staff members. 

Managing High Water Levels in Florida’s Largest Lake

A history of Lake Okeechobee regulation schedules and an overview of the risks, constraints, and trade-offs that the Corps must consider when deciding to release flood water from the lake.

THE LINKS BETWEEN PEOPLE, INCREASED NUTRIENTS AND CHANGES TO COASTAL AQUATIC SYSTEMS

In collaboration with researchers from the University of Florida, Florida Sea Grant introduces an important and complex topic: how nutrients function in coastal aquatic systems and how human activities affect these natural cycles. Although a full explanation of nutrient dynamics is beyond the scope of the brochure, it does help understand and manage these important phenomena.

Florida red tide mitigation using clay dispersal

 A new project, supported by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, seeks to test a bloom control technology that has not yet been used in the United States, but that is used elsewhere in the world. 

Florida Red Tide Impacts & National Estuary Programs

When we invest in America’s estuaries through the National Estuary Programs, we get cleaner water and thus minimize nutrient pollution that can worsen the frequency, duration, and extent of red tides and other harmful algal blooms in the future.

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