Our Work

Environment Council

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Environmental Council is to be knowledgeable of current environmental issues that potentially negatively affect the quality of life for residents of Estero and surrounding communities and to counsel ECCL leadership on actions, options, and recommendations for improvement.



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.

Environment Campaigns…

Water Quality

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


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Off to a Great Start!

Off to a Great Start!

The ECCL support of the “Adopt a Highway” initiative headed by Julie Yellig and her team of volunteers started the cleanup of Hwy 41 over the weekend (October 24).  The ECCL is working with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to help clean an approximate...

We are seeking a Chairperson for our Environmental Council

We are seeking a Chairperson for our Environmental Council

Established in 2000, the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is a non-partisan all-volunteer civic advocacy organization. Our purpose is to inform, educate, and enable residents to act to support and improve the quality of life in Estero and surrounding...

Important BoCC Vote Wednesday on Wetlands

Important BoCC Vote Wednesday on Wetlands

Important Vote Wednesday. Speak to Protect Lee County Wetlands at BoCC Vote Dec. 18.What's at Stake:Voting on a Comprehensive Plan amendment that incentivizes commercial and industrial development on wetlands. When:Wednesday, December 18 at 9:30 a.m....

Troyer Brothers Mine – Action Alert

Troyer Brothers Mine – Action Alert

We need new voices on Aug. 21   The final hearing on the Comprehensive Plan and a new Troyer Brothers mine.Aug. 22:Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve all the changes in favor of the Troyer Brothers mine, with Commission Mann being the only opposing vote. ...

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