Our Work

Environment Council

Our Mission

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 the greater Estero area 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.

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.

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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Masks effective against Red Tide

Masks effective against Red Tide

Florida Gulf Coast University's Water School has determined that the same masks the public has worn during the pandemic appear to filter airborne red tide droplets. People susceptible to respiratory illnesses, or who are exposed for long periods of time may find some...

Septic System Care

Septic System Care

Septic systems that are poorly cared for can leak harmful chemicals into the water basin that lies beneath all of Southwest Florida. In addition to saving you money, proper maintenance of a septic system can protect the environment. This link is a helpful guide.

What impairs water quality in Southwest Florida?

What impairs water quality in Southwest Florida?

The Calusa Waterkeeper conducted an assessment to understand the factors contributing to water quality impairment in Florida. The "Water Quality Impairment Status and Trends of Southwest Florida Counties - 2018-2020" assessment is essential for determining pollution...

Are Our Waters Safe?

Are Our Waters Safe?

The ECCL endorses the following article prepared by John Cassani the Calusa Waterkeeper. A key strategic focus for the ECCL is also water quality, pollution and the sustainability of our water supply. This becomes more and more important as our population in the...

Greater Estero Community Report: Qtr 1 2021

Greater Estero Community Report: Qtr 1 2021

The ECCL wishes you a Very Happy New Year, and we hope that you continue to stay safe and well and benefit from the COVID vaccine "rollout" as soon as possible. We are pleased to provide you with the first of four planned GECR Reports for 2021. Our objective is to...

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