Calusa Waterkeeper


John Cassani
[email protected]
(239) 444-8584

Calusa Waterkeeper covers the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay, the Lee County near-shore Gulf of Mexico, and much of the associated watersheds. Inhabiting all of these areas at the time of first European contact were the Calusa peoples of Southwest Florida. Caloosahatchee is the Seminole-Creek and Miccosukee language term for River of the Calusa. The modern Caloosahatchee River is a 56-mile long channelized flood control and navigational waterway, designated C-43 by water management agencies. It is the western segment of the cross state Okeechobee Waterway that connects Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. The Waterway continues across Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie River then to the Atlantic Ocean.

John has university degrees in Biology and Fish and Wildlife. From 1978 to 2014 he worked as a resource manager for local government, managing waterways of southwest Florida. He has authored both peer reviewed science publications and popular media sources on resource management, history, water policy and conservation issues. John is a courtesy faculty member the FGCU Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences with research interests in the areas of exotic species and biodiversity. His service on advisory boards, commitment to community and involvement with land and water conservation has received recognition from various civic groups, the Florida Audubon Society, Estero Bay Agency on Bay Management, Lee County Government, the Everglades Coalition, the American Fisheries Society, and the Alberta provincial government. John’s expertise as a fisheries scientist and water manager has been sought as a consultant to private industry, government and academia.


PO Box 1165
Fort Myers, Florida 33902