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.
Calusa Waterkeeper, Inc. began in 1995 as Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association, Inc. (Riverwatch). We were admitted to Waterkeeper Alliance in 2015 as an Affiliate. In December 2016 we achieved full Member status in Waterkeeper Alliance, adopting the new name Calusa Waterkeeper, Inc.
Calusa Waterkeeper monitors the health of the regional waters – the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, Estero Bay, Lake Okeechobee, Charlotte Harbor and our beaches. Government agencies fail to monitor adequately and address water quality issues.
Our Waterkeeper works closely with a dedicated group of volunteers (Rangers) in sampling and analyzing our water bodies. We use the data collected to advocate on behalf of our community and inform the public and government officials on water quality issues.