photo by Jeanette Chupack
Cape Coral's citizens recognize the canal system's impact on their quality of life and are highly protective of the area's aquatic assets. This protective attitude is our canal network's first line of defense against pollution, as calls from alert residents are often the first indication of a canal-related problem. Our citizens' concern for their canals led to the formation of the Cape Coral Canalwatch Volunteer Program in 1995.
Canalwatch is a proactive component of the City's canal management effort. Program goals are to educate local homeowners about water quality issues, open up communication between citizens and water managers, and increase residents' sense of ownership of our common resources. Each month, volunteers collect environmental data and water samples throughout our City. The samples and data are then brought to Cape Coral's water quality laboratory for analysis. This volunteer monitoring process provides information about canal dynamics throughout the City, enabling better management of our waters.
Map of Canalwatch sites (jpg format)
Download the Canalwatch brochure (pdf format)
The "Canal Current" is a quarterly newsletter featuring articles about issues related to Cape Coral's canal system, a calendar of upcoming environment related events, and the results of Canalwatch sample analyses.Current newsletter: 3rd Quarter 2016 (pdf format)
Archived newsletters (pdf format)
Florida Lakewatch, the model for both our program and Lee County Hyacinth Control's New! Pondwatch program, publishes several documents that can help you understand the different aspects of water quality. Click here to see them.
Florida WaterAtlas now has Canalwatch information! Sampling site locations and data are easily viewed.
We always welcome new volunteers! If you're interested, please call Harry at 574-0785.
Canalwatch bottles ready to be distributed.
Canalwatch volunteer using a secchi disk to measure water clarity. (photo by Ruth Parks)