We are one collective voice. And we have the power to finish the largest environmental restoration project in history. Join us.

I have three daughters who love this place and who grew up here on my boat. And one day, I’m going to have a conversation with my grandkids and it’s going to be that we did everything we could and that this place is beautiful and thriving because we fought for it.

—Capt. Benny Blanco, Captains for Clean Water

A restored Everglades ecosystem will:

• Support Florida’s $33B outdoor economy

• Provide drinking water for 9 million people

• Protect 3 million acres that provide vital carbon sequestration

• Ensure that future generations can enjoy 2,000 species of plants and animals that live in the Everglades

When most people think of the Everglades, they picture the sawgrass wetlands and mangroves at the southern tip of Florida. What they don’t realize is that the health of this incredible ecosystem is dependent upon events far to the north. Historically, the Everglades received a steady supply of fresh water from a massive watershed that begins near Orlando, but over the past century—in the name of flood control and agriculture—man has interrupted that flow, most notably at Lake Okeechobee. As a result, the amount of water that reaches Florida Bay, at the southern tip of the state, is less than half of what it should be.

The main goal of Everglades restoration is to send more fresh water south, but this is not as simple as it may sound. Simon and Hannah Perkins—cousins who are part of the third generation of the Perkins family to run Orvis—traveled the length of the Everglades watershed, talking to scientists, conservationists, and fishing guides to see firsthand the work being done and to explore what the future may hold.

A map of the Everglades Watershed with Shingle Creek, Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, Tamiami Trail Bridges, Everglades National Park, and Florida Bay marked on the map

Meet the Team

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Simon Perkins

Simon Perkins is the president of Orvis and the third generation of the Perkins family to lead the company. He is a former fly-fishing and wingshooting guide, devoted father and husband, passionate angler and hunter, and like his cousin Hannah, lifelong conservationist.

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Hannah Perkins

Hannah Perkins is a third-generation family owner of the company and has a lifelong passion for the outdoors and conservation.

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Capt. Benny Blanco

Capt. Benny Blanco is a fishing guide, the host of Guiding Flow TV, a Captains For Clean Water ambassador, and a fierce advocate for Everglades restoration.

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Capt. Daniel Andrews

Capt. Daniel Andrews is a former fishing guide who left the business to become a co-founder and executive director of Captains For Clean Water.

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Mike Cheek

Mike Cheek is a staff environmental scientist/avian ecologist at the South Florida Water Management District, who has worked extensively on Kissimmee River restoration.

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Lawrence Glenn

Lawrence Glenn is director of the Water Resources Division at the South Florida Water Management District. He supervises scientific monitoring to evaluate ecological conditions in the District’s lakes, rivers, estuaries, and Greater Everglades, including Florida Bay.

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Dr. Stephen Davis

Dr. Stephen Davis is the chief science officer at The Everglades Foundation. For the past dozen years, his efforts have been focused on Everglades restoration, ecosystem health, and impacts of sea-level rise.

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Dr. Sparkle Malone

Dr. Sparkle Malone is an assistant professor at Florida International University, whose research explores questions related to ecosystem conditions, sustainability, and vulnerability to climate extremes.

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Dr. Jennifer Rehage

Dr. Jennifer Rehage is a coastal and fish ecologist and associate professor at Florida International University, who studies how alterations to freshwater flows and related effects influence fish and the recreational fisheries they support in the Everglades and south Florida.

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