Captains For Clean Water

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Unforgettable Days Require Clean Water & Healthy Ecosystems

For 30 years, Orvis has partnered with conservation organizations like Captains For Clean Water, which is on the front lines of Everglades restoration—the largest ecosystem restoration project in the world. 

The organization has united Florida’s guiding and outdoor industry, environmental groups, and business community on its mission to restore and protect Florida’s aquatic ecosystems for future generations. 

Orvis is a proud partner of Captains, working together by showing up in Washington, D.C., to support a request for federal funding, highlighting stories like Follow the Water and people in the Orvis network like Benny Blanco to unlock new audiences for Captains For Clean Water and the Everglades restoration effort, and engaging our community and industry to bring people together. 

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“Saltwater guides are a different breed. Not sure why, but they’ve always been a highly competitive bunch, and that’s not just on the tournament circuit. You could feel the egos at the boat launches. Tempers sometimes flared around town and in local bars. Just how it’s always been, until Captains For Clean Water really started gaining momentum. It’s given Everglades guides a reason to drop all the beefing and truly come together under a singular message for our common enemy:
Together we can protect our waters. 
These waters generate more than $2.5 billion annually for South Florida, but more importantly, they’re our home. 350 people are permitted to guide and work here, and we’re proving we’re far more effective when we’re a united voice than when apart. It’s one of the many good things that are happening down here, and I’m proud to stand alongside so many others and be a catalyst for such positive change. Now our fight’s not with each other. It’s to save the Glades.”
—Captain Benny Blanco, Guide, Captain For Clean Water
An angler's rod bends as they cast from the bow of a small ocean watercraft.
An angler carefully holds a caught fish on the surface of the ocean.
Close-up of the spotted rear fin of a fish tail held on the surface.of the water.

I have three daughters who love this place.

They 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

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