1 05, 2019

Captains For Clean Water onboards new Director of Operations, sights set on organizational growth

Captains For Clean Water was founded out of necessity and with a singular mission: Restore the Everglades, save Florida’s water. By remaining focused on this mission and the objectives required to quickly and effectively achieve it, the organization has grown a large, active supporter base that shares their views [ Read more ]

Captains For Clean Water onboards new Director of Operations, sights set on organizational growth
23 04, 2019

The 2019 Florida Skiff Challenge, daring feat and prolific outreach effort for Everglades restoration

WHAT IS THE SKIFF CHALLENGE? The idea of the Skiff Challenge began as a head-to-head battle for bragging rights, born from the mind of Heath Daughtry, VP of Yellowfin Yachts. Today, the challenge has evolved into a daring feat among boat manufacturers to shine a spotlight on Florida’s water [ Read more ]

The 2019 Florida Skiff Challenge, daring feat and prolific outreach effort for Everglades restoration
14 03, 2019

CFCW Board Member Chauncey Goss elected SFWMD Governing Board Chairman

"You do work for the taxpayers. And we all expect a little better." - Chauncey Goss Only a few short months ago, our board member, Chauncey Goss, stood before the corrupt SFWMD Governing Board and spoke these words. The South Florida Water Management District is a powerful government agency, responsible [ Read more ]

CFCW Board Member Chauncey Goss elected SFWMD Governing Board Chairman
27 02, 2019

The fight for Florida Bay: Why our southernmost estuary is suffering and how we can fix it

Hypersalinity. Sediment destabilization. Nutrient release. To the general population, these words are “science speak.” Without context or real-world examples, they are meaningless.   To water bodies like Florida Bay, these words are actually ecological occurrences that are wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. They are a byproduct of the way [ Read more ]

The fight for Florida Bay: Why our southernmost estuary is suffering and how we can fix it
20 02, 2019

Tom Rowland Podcast: Round Table Discussion Part II

Listen in on a round table discussion about the future of the Everglades. Featuring Steve Davis, Ph.D., Senior Ecologist of the Everglades Foundation, Captain Benny Blanco, professional fishing guide based in Flamingo, and Captain Chris Whitman, Program Director of Captains For Clean Water, sit down with Captain Tom Rowland [ Read more ]

Tom Rowland Podcast: Round Table Discussion Part II
30 01, 2019

Gov. DeSantis appoints Sanibel Councilman and CFCW Board Member Chauncey Goss to SFWMD governing board

Two days into his term, Governor Ron DeSantis called for the resignations of the nine-member South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board. This act followed public backlash against decisions made by the board that favored special interests and disregarded public pleas. Four board members have resigned and five [ Read more ]

Gov. DeSantis appoints Sanibel Councilman and CFCW Board Member Chauncey Goss to SFWMD governing board
26 01, 2019

Tom Rowland Podcast: Round Table Discussion on the Future of the Everglades

Listen in on a round table discussion about the future of the Everglades. Featuring Capt. Josh Greer, fishing guide and shop owner, Capt. Daniel Andrews, Executive Director of Captains for Clean Water, and Shannon Estenoz, COO of the Everglades Foundation.

Tom Rowland Podcast: Round Table Discussion on the Future of the Everglades
15 01, 2019

Governor DeSantis commits $2.5 billion for Everglades restoration and demands SFWMD resignations

It was a big day for the Everglades and Florida’s waters. On his second day in office since being sworn in, Governor Ron DeSantis announced new water policies and took the first steps toward what promises to be huge progress for Everglades restoration. Gov. DeSantis started the day at [ Read more ]

Governor DeSantis commits $2.5 billion for Everglades restoration and demands SFWMD resignations
8 01, 2019

The South Florida Water Management District must be held accountable

The South Florida Water Management District is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida. As an agency funded partially by taxpayer dollars, it is their responsibility to operate in a manner that takes the public's interests into consideration; especially when their decisions affect the fate of [ Read more ]

The South Florida Water Management District must be held accountable
5 01, 2019

Capt. Daniel Andrews talks state of the Everglades on Saltwater Experience

Captain Daniel Andrews fishes with Captain Tom Rowland, catching tarpon, hammerhead, and permit, and talks Florida water quality issues. Watch it on Saltwater Experience, Episode 2, Season 14, only on WaypointTV.

Capt. Daniel Andrews talks state of the Everglades on Saltwater Experience
26 12, 2018

Florida’s water crisis 2018: Lessons learned from a year of bad water

The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), passed in 2000, included a series of 68 projects that were supposed to be completed within thirty years. Most of the significant features to reduce discharges from Lake Okeechobee and rehydrate the Everglades were to be completed within the first twenty years. Instead, [ Read more ]

Florida’s water crisis 2018: Lessons learned from a year of bad water
11 12, 2018

Shocking news on the waterfront… 15,440 of 16,000 acres appropriated for the water reservoir leased back to Florida Crystals

The Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District voted unanimously to grant Florida Crystals an eight-year lease extension to grow sugarcane on 15,440 acres of state-owned land. That parcel located south of Lake Okeechobee is also slated to be the site for a new reservoir critical [ Read more ]

Shocking news on the waterfront… 15,440 of 16,000 acres appropriated for the water reservoir leased back to Florida Crystals
18 11, 2018

YETI Coolers and 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 and 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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