Island Water Quality


The water quality facts

The Captiva Community Panel worked with the SCCF Marine Lab to monitor water quality around the island beginning in 2009 in response to the Sanibel beach closures in 2007. Thanks to funding from Lee County through the Tourist Development Council, the panel finished a two-year monitoring project. Year 1 goals were to build a database of historic water quality measurements, set up a monitoring plan and begin islandwide sampling. Year 2 worked with the findings from Year 1 to target areas of chronic pollution and help identify its sources in hopes of enabling islanders to take action to reduce future pollution.




"Evaluation of bacteriological and nutrient concerns in nearshore waters of a barrier island community in SW Florida" – as published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin


"Why Trees Matter" -- New York Times, 4/12/12


Read an article from "Florida Specifier" on the Captiva study.


April 12, 2011 update -- project summary and options


March 8, 2011, update -- Year 2 summary


Oct. 15, 2010, update


August 2010 update


Year 1: Summary and Findings (Jan. 12, 2010 presentation)


Please Click Here To View PDF Presentation


Captiva Community Panel Opposing The Approval Of Oil Drilling In Florida’s Waters In Areas Other Than Those Already Approved For Oil Leasing And Exploration Please click here to read more!


Sept. 11, 2009 project update


May 18, 2009 project update


Feb. 23, 2009 community presentation


The panel's Year 1 project proposal to the Tourist Development Countil


The panel's Year 2 project proposal to
the Tourist Development Council