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COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN (CCMP)

Why is a CCMP important to the Choctawhatchee Bay and watershed?

It establishes priorities for activities, research, and funding for the Choctawhatchee Bay estuary. The CCMP serves as a blueprint to guide future decisions and addresses a wide range of environmental protection issues, to include improving water quality and protecting key living resources and their habitats.

 

CLICK on the green box below to download this CCMP document. Once downloaded you will be able to make comments directly to the CCMP document file. Then save your edits and send your edited document to Spennington@myokaloosa.com

Instructional Video link - how to review & make comments for CCMP

COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN

Mission:

Our mission is to implement programs and initiatives for the protection and stewardship of natural resources and water quality, strengthen community resiliency and provide environmental education to maintain a vibrant economy and high quality of life.

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How To Help?

Citizens Advisory Committee

Be an Ambassador on our team help develop our Estuary Program

Technical Advisory Committee

Provide expertise to support the management, conservation, and restoration efforts of the Choctawhatchee estuarine ecosystem

Education & Outreach Committee

Promotes public awareness, understanding, and stewardship of an estuary's ecological importance. Develops educational initiatives and outreach to engage the community, building relationships with students and the general public

An estuary program focuses on

Community Resilience

these vital ecosystems need protection and management for waterways to be resilient. Through collaboration with many people, agencies, non-profit organizations, local communities, and businesses we can inspire behavioral changes that positivly impact our communities.

By promoting awareness and providing education about estuarine ecosystems

community members can make informed decisions and actively participate in the program's initiatives

Engaged communities are more likely to work together, share resources, and contribute their knowledge and expertise to an Estuary Program. This collaboration might be participating in monitoring activities, providing input on management strategies, and supporting restoration efforts

Resilient communities are adaptable and responsive to change. Estuaries face various threats, such as pollution, habitat degradation, and climate change impacts. Communities can contribute local knowledge, help identify emerging issues, and support the implementation of adaptive measures.

Resilient communities take an active role in stewardship and conservation practices. They recognize the value of their local estuary and actively participate in restoration projects, habitat conservation efforts, and sustainable land-use planning.

Resilient communities are more likely to support sustainable economic activities such as ecotourism, recreational fisheries, and nature-based businesses. By promoting a healthy and well-managed estuary, the program can contribute to the local economy and provide livelihood opportunities for community members.

Communities build public support for policies and regulations that protect estuaries, by informing the public about the importance of estuarine conservation and the potential consequences of degradation.

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Estuaries - where rivers meet the sea