The Conservancy of Southwest Florida gratefully acknowledges and thanks S. Gregory Tolley, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Science at Florida Gulf Coast University, Chair of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, and Program Coordinator of the M.S. Environmental Science program, and Jaime Boswell, Environmental Scientist with the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, for reviewing and editing the 2017 Estuaries Report Card.  The Conservancy also thanks Jim Beever, with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, for providing comments on the Report Card.  

In addition, the Conservancy sincerely thanks the following for their generous financial support in making this report possible: including the Agua Fund, Inc., Pearson Family Charitable Foundation, Sidney A. Swensrud Foundation, Brunckhorst Foundation, Lynde Uihlein, Stephen C. Plumeri, the Wavering Family Endowment, the Catherine Miller Policy Endowment, and participants and sponsors of the Conservancy’s RedSnook Charity Fishing Tournament and WaterWorks Luncheon.  We also thank our media sponsors The News-Press and the Naples Daily News.  

Thank you to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Board of Directors: Kenneth Krier, Board Chair; Van Williams, Vice Board Chair; Rob Moher, President and CEO; Ed Eaton, Treasurer; Stephanie Goforth, Secretary; Lew Allyn, Dennis Brown, Phil Collins, Carol Dinardo, Phil Gresh, John Hall, Dr. Judith Hushon, Loralee LeBoeuf, Wayne Meland, Gerri Moll, Tom Moran, Dr. Kamela Patton, Jane Pearsall, Dave Rismiller, Mayela Rosales, Robert Saltarelli, Sue Schulte, Lynn Slabaugh, Sharon von Arx, John R. Walter, Nancy White and Karl Williams.

The recommendations listed in the 2017 Estuaries Report Card are those of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and do not necessarily reflect the view of our sponsors or reviewers.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Environmental Policy staff compiled, updated and edited the 2017 Estuaries Report Card which is based on prior Report Cards published by the Conservancy in 2005 and 2011, primarily authored by Jennifer Hecker (2005 and 2011) and Jessica Stubbs (2011).  Jennifer Hecker also provided valuable feedback and edits for portions of the 2017 update.  For the 2017 Estuaries Report Card, Julianne Thomas, Senior Environmental Planning Specialist, supplied essential GIS support and advice.  Environmental Policy Conservation Associates Jackie Albert, Regan Fink, Lauren Markram, Kelly McNab, and Laura Pemberton, all provided indispensable research, writing and GIS assistance.  

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