Public involvement is both a stand-alone issue and a component of all of the other Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve (CHAP) issues. Public outreach and involvement is crucial to the success of all the CHAP programs. Within each of the programs, the objectives and strategies for public involvement are outlined specific to the goals that they will help to achieve. However, increasing public involvement and public awareness about CHAP is an issue in itself. The role of CHAP is often confused with that of many of its partner organizations, such as Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. Additionally, the aquatic preserve designation and the protections it provides are not widely understood by the general public. By providing opportunities for public involvement - such as the volunteer water quality monitoring network and boating and snorkeling eco-ventures - and education - such as Facebook, CHAP staff seek to increase awareness about aquatic preserves. CHAP staff will also be assisting the citizen support organization, Friends of Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves, to recruit and maintain involvement by members who fully understand the importance of the aquatic preserves.
February 10, 2020 - 3:24pm
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