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 Resource Center, and all of the documents in the Caloosahatchee Documents Collections, 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 National Estuary Program and the South Florida Water Management District for the benefit of scientists, researchers, and planners working 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.


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