18 11, 2018

YETI Coolers & The Fishing Guide Community Partner on Hurricane Relief Effort

In October 2018, Hurricane Michael went down as one of the most powerful storms in history, completely devastating Florida’s panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane. Areas of the coast were flattened and flooded, leaving communities without power and people still without homes. In the Southeast U.S., we’ve unfortunately become [ Read more ]

YETI Coolers & The Fishing Guide Community Partner on Hurricane Relief Effort
16 11, 2018

Drain the District, Save the Swamp

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board is preventing Everglades restoration and clean water in favor of special interests. On November 7, 2018 at 9:00pm, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the agency responsible for Everglades restoration, amended the agenda for their Governing Board meeting that was [ Read more ]

Drain the District, Save the Swamp
5 11, 2018

A Pre-Election Message From Executive Director Daniel Andrews

Dear Supporters, Florida’s water crisis this year quickly became one of the most important issues of the 2018 election. Since Captains for Clean Water is a 501(c)(3) organization, the IRS prohibits us from getting involved in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates. For us, the hard work begins immediately [ Read more ]

A Pre-Election Message From Executive Director Daniel Andrews
31 10, 2018

Agency Reps Spend a Day in the Office of a Florida Bay Fishing Guide

It’s a sunny October day on Florida Bay, a place that feels as if it’s the edge of the world. The wind is blowing out of the east making it a rough commute for a fleet of six 17-foot Hell’s Bay skiffs departing the Flamingo Marina. Aboard each boat [ Read more ]

Agency Reps Spend a Day in the Office of a Florida Bay Fishing Guide
26 10, 2018

The President Signs WRDA Into Law

Just weeks after the U.S. Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a landslide vote of 99 to 1, the President has signed this critical bill into law.This legislation authorizes the EAA Reservoir, but we still need to get the federal funding for construction to begin. This victory [ Read more ]

The President Signs WRDA Into Law
23 10, 2018

Send The Water South, Not Underground

‘Deep injection wells’ is a term you may have heard lately as it relates to Lake Okeechobee water levels. Here is what it all means. Deep injection wells have been proposed by the South Florida Water Management District, under the guise of “emergency estuary protection wells” (EEPWs), as a [ Read more ]

Send The Water South, Not Underground
11 10, 2018

Captains for Clean Water Amps Up Communication Efforts With New Team Member

Since Captains for Clean Water was founded in 2016, the organization’s supporter base has expanded at an unbelievable rate. This comes as no surprise with water crisis after water crisis causing environmental destruction and affecting millions of Florida residents and businesses. People are fed up watching history repeat itself [ Read more ]

Captains for Clean Water Amps Up Communication Efforts With New Team Member
8 10, 2018

South Florida Water Crisis; reason Hell’s Bay Boatworks Joined Captains For Clean Water as a Legacy Partner

South Florida Water Crisis; reason Hell’s Bay Boatworks Joined Captains For Clean Water as a Legacy Partner by: Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications (Jul 25, 2018 - FT. MYERS, FL.) Foul smelling and toxic algae blooms, polluted water, declining fisheries on Florida’s East and West Coasts; all are a result [ Read more ]

South Florida Water Crisis; reason Hell’s Bay Boatworks Joined Captains For Clean Water as a Legacy Partner
1 09, 2018

Gulfshore Business: Finding Solutions to Southwest Florida’s Water-Quality Issue

How two local groups are mobilizing the public to fight for clean water. BY JANINE ZEITLIN Daniel Andrews flips his cap backward to prevent the Gulf winds from spiriting it away as Chris Wittman steers the fishing boat near Sanibel Island. The weather conditions are idyllic: sunshine, blue skies, [ Read more ]

Gulfshore Business: Finding Solutions to Southwest Florida’s Water-Quality Issue
15 08, 2018

Florida Weekly: Fishing Guides on the Frontline for Promoting Clean Water

ON THE WATER August 15, 2018 BY GLENN MILLER Florida Weekly Correspondent They see it. They smell it. They speak out. The befouled water affects their livelihoods and Florida’s economy and environment. “It’s spinning out of control,” said Mr. Faulkner, an Everglades fishing guide who has guided for more [ Read more ]

Florida Weekly: Fishing Guides on the Frontline for Promoting Clean Water
6 08, 2018

Florida’s Water Crisis and How You Can Help

Florida’s estuaries are at tremendous risk. Since early July, Florida’s water crisis has made its way to many of the major national news outlets. First, the cyanobacteria blooms discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers made made the news due to the health risks for [ Read more ]

Florida’s Water Crisis and How You Can Help
27 07, 2018

Phosphate Mine Denied

It wasn't us. It was the power of the people. The Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers continue to be devastated by toxic cyanobacteria blooms. Businesses are severely affected. Real estate values are at stake. Many people living near the water have developed upper respiratory illnesses from exposure to the [ Read more ]

Phosphate Mine Denied
22 06, 2018

The News-Press: We Need Stronger Voice for Everglades Restoration

Daniel Andrews Published June 22, 2018 Water is Florida’s most valuable resource. We enjoy living in Florida for the beautiful beaches, diverse estuaries and incredible fishing opportunities. It doesn’t take more than a quick glance at the water coming out of the Caloosahatchee to realize that we have a problem, [ Read more ]

The News-Press: We Need Stronger Voice for Everglades Restoration
4 06, 2018

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP)

Captains for Clean Water is proud to announce partnership with Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) The mission of the TRCP is to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish. As the TRCP’s newest partner, Captains for Clean Water will join a coalition of 56 hunting, fishing, and conservation [ Read more ]

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP)
4 06, 2018

Captains for Clean Water Goes to Washington

Having been influential in passage of the 2017 Senate Bill 10 in Tallahassee, Captains for Clean Water rallied 20 fishing captains and anglers to go to Washington to push our efforts forward.   Florida Senate Bill 10 authorized and funded the state’s portion of EAA Reservoir project (roughly $800 [ Read more ]

Captains for Clean Water Goes to Washington
26 03, 2018

Rise to the 2018 Florida Skiff Challenge

We all know the importance of clean water in Florida. It is the lifeblood of our fisheries and our economy. Without clean water, Florida wouldn’t be the Fishing Capital of the World. Fishing guides, recreational anglers, tackle companies and many other individuals and businesses have done their part for [ Read more ]

Rise to the 2018 Florida Skiff Challenge
13 03, 2018

2018 Restore Gala

Thanks to our incredible sponsors, the 2018 Restore Gala was an incredible success! On March 9, 2018, a crowd of over 400 fishing captains, leading outdoor industry brands, realtors, South Florida business leaders and residents gathered on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River at the White Orchid at Oasis. [ Read more ]

2018 Restore Gala
15 01, 2018

SFWMD Report Lacks Reasonable Solution to Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Last week, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) released a progress report on Senate Bill 10 (SB10) to the Florida Legislature. The SFWMD failed to use all of the tools available in Senate Bill 10 to find the “optimal configuration for the EAA Reservoir”, which it was tasked to [ Read more ]

SFWMD Report Lacks Reasonable Solution to Lake Okeechobee Discharges
10 01, 2018

Florida Bay Captains Ask Governor Scott to Save EAA Reservoir Project

On Tuesday, January 9 2018, one hundred Florida Bay fishing guides called an emergency meeting to discuss the EAA Reservoir. Just as the guides gathered at The Islander Resort in Islamorada, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) released its report to the Legislature on Senate Bill 10. The guides [ Read more ]

Florida Bay Captains Ask Governor Scott to Save EAA Reservoir Project
8 01, 2018

Pivotal moment for our estuaries and the Everglades

The 134 billion gallons of Lake Okeechobee water sent east makes this year's discharges the 12th largest ever sent to the St. Lucie River. TYLER TREADWAY/TCPALM (Photo: MOLLY BARTELS/TCPALM) Let's make this as clear as possible. More land to store and clean water south of Lake Okeechobee equals less lake [ Read more ]

Pivotal moment for our estuaries and the Everglades
16 12, 2017

Fate of EAA Reservoir in hands of Governor Scott

The water crisis Florida has faced over the last two years isn’t over. Today, solutions for our rivers, our fish habitat and our economy lie in the hands of Governor Scott and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) who are responsible for the implementation of the EAA Reservoir. The [ Read more ]

Fate of EAA Reservoir in hands of Governor Scott
16 12, 2017

Senator Negron expresses concerns to SFWMD on EAA Reservoir planning

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, Florida Senate President Joe Negron sent a letter to Ernie Marks, Executive Director of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) expressing his concerns with the modeling efforts for the EAA Reservoir project. The SFWMD is a bureaucratic agency responsible for the implementation of Senate [ Read more ]

Senator Negron expresses concerns to SFWMD on EAA Reservoir planning
7 12, 2017

FGCU Students Create Everglades Restoration Awareness Video

Three Florida Gulf Coast University Students reached out to Captains for Clean Water wanting to get more involved in our mission to fight for healthy estuaries, and alleviate the damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges. We challenged them to create a video that tells their story- why [ Read more ]

FGCU Students Create Everglades Restoration Awareness Video
21 11, 2017

Our Estuaries Need Your Help Right Now!

We need your help! We are calling our members, supporters and followers to email the South Florida Water Management District by this Wednesday, November 22 and ask them to model a reservoir that is both effective at reducing Lake Okeechobee discharges, and cost effective to build. Sending a personal email to [ Read more ]

Our Estuaries Need Your Help Right Now!
24 10, 2017

EAA Reservoir Planning Begins

On Monday, October 23, Captains for Clean Water attended the initial scoping meeting for the EAA Reservoir project in Clewiston, FL. This was the first public meeting the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) held for this project. SFWMD staff committed to the timeline laid out in Senate Bill 10. [ Read more ]

EAA Reservoir Planning Begins
19 10, 2017

The Flats Invitational Tournament

Fishing has long been a unifying, bond-building activity; and it’s this theme that made the 13th Annual Flats Invitational Redfish Challenge, held Sept. 1-2 out of Cape Harbour Marina, a tremendous success. Local angler and SP Designs owner Mitch Williamson, founded the event as a way to leverage the unifying [ Read more ]

The Flats Invitational Tournament
18 10, 2017

We can’t afford to wait any longer

The widespread human disaster brought about by Hurricane Irma has left behind a legacy of environmental destruction that will affect our way of life for months if not years to come.  Sadly, this legacy was set into motion decades before Irma’s passage.  If we don’t act now to correct [ Read more ]

We can’t afford to wait any longer
17 10, 2017

Protecting the Tarpon Legacy

Fighting to Protect our Most Valuable Resource Our team is working hard every day to expedite critical Everglades restoration projects. For the past month, Florida's East and West Coast estuaries have been under assault by unnatural, damaging discharges. We are pressuring the South Florida Water Management District to accelerate the [ Read more ]

Protecting the Tarpon Legacy
17 10, 2017

Chauncey Goss Joins CFCW Board of Directors

Longtime Sanibel Resident Brings Vast Budgeting, Public Policy Experience Captains for Clean Water welcomes our newest Board member, long-time Sanibel resident Chauncey Goss, who takes on the role of Treasurer. Mr. Goss brings a wealth of practical experience, personal passion and governmental insight that will undoubtedly bear positive impact on [ Read more ]

Chauncey Goss Joins CFCW Board of Directors
6 10, 2017

Hurricanes and The Everglades

September 2017 was a month dominated by tropical weather; both at home and that which affected our neighbors across the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean. But, while tragedies break our hearts, they also afford us the opportunity to grow closer together as a community. As Hurricane Harvey devastated [ Read more ]

Hurricanes and The Everglades
12 07, 2017

Captains for Clean Water announces Reid McKinstry of Mustad Hooks has joined their Board of Directors!

July 12, 2017 – Captains for Clean Water is proud to announce Reid McKinstry of Mustad Hooks has joined their Board of Directors! After a major state legislative victory in 2017, Captains for Clean Water is expanding it’s Everglades program to include advocacy at a federal level, while continuing to [ Read more ]

Captains for Clean Water announces Reid McKinstry of Mustad Hooks has joined their Board of Directors!
10 05, 2017

Wilbur Smith Attorneys at Law donates $100K to Captains for Clean Water

On Monday, May 8, 2017, Wilbur Smith Attorneys at Law wired $100,000 to Captains for Clean Water. This is the largest single donation to Captains for Clean Water since the organization was founded just over a year ago. "As the 2017 Florida Legislative Session ends, the work of those fighting [ Read more ]

Wilbur Smith Attorneys at Law donates $100K to Captains for Clean Water
2 05, 2017

SB 10 Passes House and Senate!

A Letter From the Founders of Captains for Clean Water: Today marks an important day for the history of the Everglades. The Florida House of Representatives followed the lead of the Senate and passed Senate Bill 10. This bill provides $800 million in funding to create a dynamic reservoir south [ Read more ]

SB 10 Passes House and Senate!
14 04, 2017

Florida Senate Takes Important First Step in Saving the Everglades after NowOrNeverglades Sportfishing Day! 

Thanks to the incredible outpouring of support of fishing guides, industry leaders, and recreational and commercial anglers - who all traveled to Tallahassee on April 11th to ask legislators for help - Florida has taken the first major step in years to send Lake Okeechobee waters south. One day after [ Read more ]

Florida Senate Takes Important First Step in Saving the Everglades after NowOrNeverglades Sportfishing Day! 
12 03, 2017

Captains for Clean Water gains support for science-based solutions to save the Everglades.

<p>More than 350 fishermen, outdoorsmen and concerned citizens gathered at the Historic Burroughs Home in Fort Myers on March 3 for the inaugural "Restore Clean Water Gala." Fishing legends and TV personalities, including Blair Wiggins, George Gozdz, Rob Fordyce, Peter Miller and Carter Andrews were on hand to show their [ Read more ]

Captains for Clean Water gains support for science-based solutions to save the Everglades.
20 02, 2017

You are Never too Young to Learn about the World Around You

Last week, Capt. Chris Wittman and Wyler Gins of Captains for Clean Water had the opportunity to educate 80 second graders at Heights Elementary, in Fort Myers, FL. After learning about the water issues in Florida from their teacher, the students were very interested. They wanted to learn more to better [ Read more ]

You are Never too Young to Learn about the World Around You
3 02, 2017

Fast-Track EAA Reservoir to Save Our Estuaries

Last week, Senator Bradley filed a bill to purchase 60,000 acres of land in the Everglades Agricultural Area to construct a dynamic reservoir to alleviate discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers, and provide desperately needed water supply to Florida Bay. This essential component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration [ Read more ]

Fast-Track EAA Reservoir to Save Our Estuaries
26 01, 2017

CFCW commends Senator Rob Bradley for filling SB10!

Captains for Clean water is proud to announce the Filing of Florida Senate Bill 10 designed to reduce harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges and provide needed water to the Everglades and Florida Bay. After testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment. and Natural Resources yesterday we were extremely excited [ Read more ]

CFCW commends Senator Rob Bradley for filling SB10!
26 01, 2017

Back to Tallahassee!

On Wednesday morning, Co-Founders of Captains for Clean Water Capt. Daniel Andrews and Capt. Chris Wittman traveled to Tallahassee for the second time this month to speak to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources. Along with Chris and Daniel was James Evans, the Director of Natural Resources [ Read more ]

Back to Tallahassee!
14 01, 2017

First Tallahassee Trip of 2017!

On Wednesday, January 11th, we made a trip to Tallahassee for the first Senate subcommittee meeting on the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee discharges. Captain Daniel Andrews, co-founder of Captains for Clean Water was joined by James Evans, Director of Natural Resources for the City of Sanibel, Chris Davison, General Manager [ Read more ]

First Tallahassee Trip of 2017!
28 12, 2016

Opportunity for Recovery

As the rain subsides and our waters begin to clear, many Florida residents will breathe a sigh of relief, But for those of us who make our living on the water, we will continue to suffer from the lasting effects of the man-made Lake Okeechobee discharges into our estuaries. The [ Read more ]

Opportunity for Recovery
25 09, 2016

Our First Few Months

When we founded Captains for Clean Water in February 2016, we had no idea how quickly it would grow. Initially, we didn’t plan on incorporating as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; to be honest, we didn’t know what those numbers and letters even meant. We did know was that there was [ Read more ]

Our First Few Months
11 09, 2016

Clean Water Essential to Florida’s $15.3 Billion Marine Industry

The Sunshine State is a boating paradise, providing boaters with year-round opportunities to fish, ski and spend time with friends and family on the water. The marine industry is also an important part of Florida's economy, representing a $15.3 billion economic impact in 2015, according to a recent report by the Marine [ Read more ]

Clean Water Essential to Florida’s $15.3 Billion Marine Industry
6 09, 2016

Conservation in Perspective

Many folks have a hard time understanding “conservation” due to the scale of the issues. They take nature for granted and assume that they have been given an unlimited supply of resources at their disposal. Looking back at old black and white fishing photos that show stringers full of trophy [ Read more ]

Conservation in Perspective
17 08, 2016

Why I Care About The Everglades

I never thought I would start a nonprofit. I was perfectly content as a fishing guide - or at least I thought I was. Just six months ago, when Captains for Clean Water was founded, I had no idea where it would go or how fast it could grow. What [ Read more ]

Why I Care About The Everglades
23 07, 2016

We Are Captains For Clean Water – #NowOrNeverGlades

Help us save Florida's Everglades and coastal estuaries. Sign the #NowOrNeverglades Declaration Today! Special thanks to the following: Capt. C.A. Richardson - Flats Class TV Capt.George Gozdz - Reel Time with Florida Sportsman Capt. Chris Wittman - Captains for Clean Water Capt. Scott Walker - Into the Blue Capt. Bear [ Read more ]

We Are Captains For Clean Water – #NowOrNeverGlades
21 07, 2016

#FixFlorida by Costa Sunglasses

Costa Sunglasses put together an outstanding video. Watch the video and learn! It's a beautiful piece of work. At one time, Florida was a waterman’s paradise, pristine estuaries, and healthy fish populations. Recent events have put three of Florida’s estuaries in an environmental turmoil, but these events are not new, [ Read more ]

#FixFlorida by Costa Sunglasses
4 04, 2016

Captains For Clean Water PSA – Economy

Our economy relies on healthy estuaries. We need to do more to protect them. South Florida's estuaries and economy are under assault as a result of decades of deliberate mismanagement of our water resource. We are here to organize and educate the public on these issues. We have solutions to this [ Read more ]

Captains For Clean Water PSA – Economy
4 04, 2016

Captains For Clean Water PSA – Environment

The Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries are threatened by nutrient and sediment-laden freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Florida’s hydrology has been altered significantly over the last century, starting with the channelization of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and their connection by way of manmade canals to Lake Okeechobee. The [ Read more ]

Captains For Clean Water PSA – Environment