We work to restore this freshwater system famed 'River of Grass' that supported tremendous biodiversity and flocks of birds so numerous they would darken the skies in flight.
NPCA is a leading voice in restoration projects such as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) authorized by Congress in 2000.
We will work to: Improve natural flow and water quality, and Remove levees, fill canals, and reduce agricultural and urban runoff.
Florida Bay Marine Protection
NPCA helps to address issues and harms to Florida Bay in many ways that include engaging both Everglades National Park staff and local stakeholders to identify problems and their solutions.
Scientists, recreational anglers, professional fishing guides, park law enforcement, and others to discuss and inform the formation of park management plans.
We advocate for park funding with members of Congress and other elected officials.
We engage citizens to experience, enjoy and protect Florida Bay for current and future generations.
Florida Bay's diverse and complex series of shallow basins surrounded by mangroves and dominated by seagrass meadows which create vital habitats for a variety of wildlife, including the West Indian manatee, roseate spoonbill, and sawfish, and
Florida Bay from scars along the fragile seagrass beds left by inexperienced boaters. Some of these prop scars are miles long and crisscross across vast seagrass meadows.
Protect Coral and Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are an invaluable component of the entire marine ecosystem and protect shorelines from erosion by dissipating the force of storms' destructive wave action. Coral reefs support many local economies in the Sun Coast Region that are dependent on tourism and fisheries.
The corals and reefs that provide feeding grounds, nurseries, and habitat for marine life.
Help counter growing threats to coral such as climate change, deteriorating water quality, and disease.
Human activities such as coral collection, boat groundings, improper anchorage, and careless diving and snorkeling are also taking a toll.
Pollution, ranging from large-scale agricultural runoff causing algae blooms, to seemingly harmless sunscreen worn by snorkelers, inhibits coral's ability to absorb sunlight, contributing to the declining health of our corals.
Civic Voice Lessons: Youth Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Focusing on high school and college-aged audiences from historically underrepresented and underserved populations, this project introduces young urban citizens to our local marine environment as a recreational experience, an economic driver for the region, an important resource for this vast ecosystem and a natural protector from powerful storms. Self-selected youth, then, participate in civic dialogue training that focuses on addressing a specific marine or park issue and results in participants holding informed discussions on this issue with fellow citizens, political leaders and scientists. The project also focuses on recognizing earlier contributions of Florida conservationists. Participants will summarize and introduce their work as mentors to their peers who are not yet aware of the significance, beauty and benefit of the marine world at their doorstep. This effective peer-to-peer approach empowers young citizens and will expand the number of committed stewards in south Florida.