The Southwest Florida Environmental Documents Collection
(SWFEDC), comprising the Estero Bay Documents Collection,
the Charlotte Harbor Information Resource Center Documents
Collection, and the Caloosahatchee Documents Collection
contains recent and historical scientific information related
to the environment of Southwest Florida, the Caloosahatchee
River, and its watershed.
Reports, surveys, monographs, and other materials from
agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, the U.S.
Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration are collected together with materials from
local agencies such as the South Florida Water Management
District, the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program,
the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District,
the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, and local
consulting and engineering firms.
Many of the titles in the Estero
Bay Documents Collection and the Charlotte Harbor Information
and all of the documents in the Caloosahatchee Documents
are available online; all of the documents are available
through Florida Gulf Coast University Library Services.
These collections were made possible in part through
grants generously provided by the Charlotte Harbor
Program and the South Florida Water Management District
for the benefit of scientists, researchers, and planners
in Southwest Florida and has since also proven valuable
to students interested in the biology, geology, and
environment of the area.
The Charlotte Harbor Information Resource Center, accessible
through this site, also includes bibliographies,
pathfinders, and other web-based information related
to the study
of Southwest Florida's environment.