The Little River Conservancy is a 501(c)3 organization founded by residents around the Little River and the surrounding communities. It serves as both an educational organization, and an umbrella organization to connect the many communities and agencies that are involved with the long term health and stewardship of the Little River and watershed.
The Little River Conservancy is focused on three core goals:
- Reducing solid waste in the River
- Improving water quality and the environmental health of the River
- Increasing access to the River for education and recreation
The Little River Conservancy focuses on three main activities:
- Events – such as the Little River Clean-Up, King Tide citizen science day, history paddles, and more
- Community Alliances – with organizations like The El Portal Resilience & Sustainability Task Force, The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, The Oakland Grove Neighborhood Association, The City of Miami NET, The South Florida Water Management Agency, Florida International University, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation, The Sierra Club, and many others.
- Advocacy – bringing community voices to the table at the local, county, and state level to lobby for the River, its precious wildlife, and its human neighbors at a time when environmental stress and development priorities threaten the future of this historic one-of-a-kind resource.
The Little River Conservancy faces three big challenges:
- Many stakeholders who have an interest in the future of the River
- Conflicting priorities among those many stakeholders
- Economic disparity among the stakeholders that makes activation and alignment challenging