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Legal Challenge of Dredging Project Filed

posted Apr 6, 2017

PRESS RELEASE APRIL 7, 2017 JACKSONVILLE, FL – On Friday, April 7, 2017, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER filed a Complaint for ... More »

Get the Facts About Dredging Proposal

posted Mar 29, 2017

  GET THE FACTS Click here to download a factsheet about this important issue. JAXPORT has received approval from the ... More »

River Friendly Yard Award

posted Mar 29, 2017

Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), St. Johns RIVERKEEPER and the Ixia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society ... More »

Annual Meeting Goes Virtual!

posted Mar 27, 2017

The St. Johns Riverkeeper headquarters are in Jacksonville, but the issues impacting the river are not so concentrated. ... More »

District Plan Would Further Reduce Silver Springs Flow

posted Mar 20, 2017

TAKE ACTION!  The SJRWMD Governing Board will vote on the proposed MFL on Tuesday, April 11.  Scroll down for contact ... More »

Does Dredging Make Economic Sense?

posted Mar 20, 2017

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER continues to have the following concerns, regarding the proposal to dredge the last 13 miles of ... More »

Activate the St. Johns River

posted Jan 30, 2017

From March 18 to April 2, 2017, paddling trips, eco-tours, and other opportunities to experience and explore the St. ... More »

Petition Filed to Challenge Sleepy Creek Lands Permit

posted Jan 9, 2017

ALERT: The adminstrative hearing to challenge this permit takes place April 10 - 13 at the SJRWMD headquarters (4049 ... More »

Sleepy Creek Lands Back For More

posted Jan 4, 2017

ALERT: The adminstrative hearing to challenge this permit takes place April 10 - 13 at the SJRWMD headquarters (4049 ... More »

Annual Volunteer Awards Announced

posted Dec 13, 2016

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2016 Volunteer of the Year Robert Field A “Rising Tide” member since 2013, Robert Field join the ... More »

#adayinthelife for #GivingTuesday 2016

posted Nov 28, 2016

#GivingTuesday is about more than donations. This holiday season, consider giving a gift with meaning by helping to ... More »

Protect Hallowes Cove

posted Nov 21, 2016

The Rivertown development along SR 13 in St. Johns County wants to build a 250-slip drydock marina on 8 acres of a ... More »

Don’t Kill the Goose

posted Nov 11, 2016

On one point we can all agree – everyone wants a robust and stable economy that affords opportunities for jobs and ... More »

Massive Development Threatens St. Johns

posted Nov 10, 2016

Deseret Ranch was founded in Osceola County in 1950, and continues to produce beef cattle, citrus and timber. The ... More »

The Economic Value of the St. Johns River

posted Nov 10, 2016

In 2015, the University of Florida completed a study that looked at the economic value of the Lower St. Johns River ... More »

9th Annual State of the River Report

posted Nov 3, 2016

The following was adapted from the 9th annual report's Executive Summary. The annual State of the River Report is a ... More »

Riverkeeper and DCPS Get Students on the River

posted Oct 3, 2016

For the second year, St Johns RIVERKEEPER and Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) are partnering through the STEAM ... More »

State to Allow More Toxins in Our Waterways

posted Oct 2, 2016

Required to update its Human Health-Based ater Quality Criteria to protect human health from exposure to surface water ... More »

Conservation, NOT River Withdrawals

posted Oct 1, 2016

Central Florida is already reaching the sustainable limits of its predominant source of water, the Floridan Aquifer. ... More »

Dredging Challenge Will Move to Federal Court

posted Jul 27, 2016

***NEWS RELEASE*** July 27, 2016 Contacts: Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper (904) 509-3260 Dredging Challenge Will ... More »

River Patrol Launches Geocache Trail

posted Jun 27, 2016

June 27, 2016: St. Johns Riverkeeper's River Patrol recently created the River Patrol Geocache Trail in the ... More »

Avoid Algal Blooms

posted Jun 17, 2016

Nutrient overload, or eutrophication, from too much nitrogen and phosphorous is one of the most serious water quality ... More »

Amendment 1 Legal Action Filed

posted Jun 2, 2016

UPDATE:  A summary judgement hearing has been scheduled for December 5, 2016 before Circuit Judge Charles W. Dodson in ... More »

Gemini Springs Victory!

posted Apr 27, 2016

CLICK HERE FOR A FACTSHEET On June 14, 2016, the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board voted to ... More »

Dredging Project Fails to Protect Our River

posted Apr 19, 2016

Guest Column By Lisa Rinaman, Florida Times-Union  4.19.16 Recently, St. Johns Riverkeeper filed a legal petition to ... More »

Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 18, 2016

St. Johns Riverkeeper and a team of river advocates recently completed the Save the St. Johns Tour, a 13-day journey of ... More »

The Quest to Save the St. Johns Continues

posted Apr 15, 2016

Note: Scroll to bottom of this post for a video announcement from Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper We want to ... More »

Challenge Filed to Protect River from Dredging

posted Apr 5, 2016

UPDATE: After a series of motions and the determination that the state is incapable of holding the Corps accountable ... More »

Day 13 - Final Day of the Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 4, 2016

Day 13 began with a beautiful sunrise overlooking the shoreline where the St. Johns River meets the ocean. The Tour ... More »

Day 12 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 3, 2016

On Saturday, Day 12, the weather didn't want to cooperate for the first time on the Tour, and we had to cancel the ... More »

Day 11 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 1, 2016

The tour team left Green Cove Springs on a full stomach after our innkeeper, Pat, served up a delicious breakfast at ... More »

Day 10 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 31, 2016

Crystal Cove Marina, overlooking the St. Johns River in Palatka provided a beautiful backdrop for a live remote ... More »

Day 9 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 31, 2016

We began our day with a hot pot of coffee on the banks of the Ocklawaha River, the largest tributary to the St. Johns ... More »

Day 8 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 29, 2016

We started out our day with a meeting at Silver Springs State Park with numerous environmental leaders that included: ... More »

Day 7 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 28, 2016

We began the day with a warm send-off from the generous and hospitable residents of Drayton Island who hosted our group ... More »

Day 6 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 26, 2016

On Day 6, the tour team departed DeLand and headed north passing the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and Lake ... More »

Day 5 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 25, 2016

What an adventure! Day 5 of the Save the St. Johns tour began on a spring fed, 16-mile tributary to the St. Johns, the ... More »

Day 4 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 25, 2016

Today, we ventured off the main stem of the St. Johns River to explore the Econlockhatchee River, the second largest ... More »

Day 3 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 24, 2016

On Day 3, the Tour Team paddled the St. Johns River north of Lake Poinsett. This section is more braided and difficult ... More »

Day 2 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 24, 2016

Day 2 on the river brought sunny skies and wide lakes, connected by marshland ideal for airboating. Camp Holly was ... More »

Day 1 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 24, 2016

Our 13-day journey began with a ceremonial blessing from Sister Pat Siemen. Today's launch coincides with World Water ... More »

Orlando Sentinel Interview with Lisa Rinaman

posted Feb 23, 2016

February 23, 2016: Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, was recently interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel Editorial ... More »

Save the St. Johns 2016 River Tour

posted Jan 20, 2016

We wants to engage you in an urgent call-to-action to save the imperiled St. Johns River. On March 22, Lisa Rinaman, ... More »

2015 St. Johns Riverkeeper Award Recipients

posted Dec 15, 2015

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2015 Advocate Matt Keene As an explorer, filmmaker, and journalist, Keene is able to tell ... More »

Is Georgia-Pacific Violating Its Permit?

posted Oct 14, 2015

October 14, 2015: Based on the results of monitoring, significant biological changes have occurred in the St. Johns ... More »

St. Johns Riverkeeper Explains Opposition to Current Dredging Plans

posted Sep 3, 2015

Guest column: Riverkeeper explains opposition to current dredging plans, The Florida Times-Union   9.3.15 St. Johns ... More »

Dredging Project Faces Legal Challenge

posted Aug 11, 2015

The following is from a press release sent by St. Johns Riverkeeper on August 11, 2015: JACKSONVILLE, FL – On Tuesday, ... More »

Disappointed But NOT Defeated

posted Jul 16, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, St. Johns Riverkeeper, fellow advocates and concerned citizens from all over the state ... More »

Water Wars Forum

posted Jul 15, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 6 pm The program will begin at approximately 6:15 pm. The River House at Jacksonville ... More »

Governing Board Votes On Controversial Permit July 14

posted Jun 24, 2015

In May, an Administrative Law Judge ruled against St. Johns Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Northeast Florida, Jeri Baldwin, ... More »

St. Johns Riverkeeper Joins Amendment 1 Lawsuit

posted Jun 22, 2015

Amendment 1 Lawsuit Press Release Amendment 1 Legal Complaint Floridians overwhelmingly supported Amendment 1 with 75% ... More »

Forced Resignations Weaken Water Agency

posted May 13, 2015

Recently, four top executives at the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) suddenly resigned, with two of ... More »

Ruling By Judge Threatens Silver Springs

posted May 6, 2015

PRESS RELEASE:  MAY 5, 2015 SILVER SPRINGS, FL -- Despite evidence that Florida’s iconic Silver Springs would be ... More »

Free the Ocklawaha

posted May 1, 2015

The time has come to finally restore the Ocklawaha River.  The Ocklawaha is the largest tributary to the St. Johns ... More »

Say NO to “Water Bill” SB 918

posted Apr 28, 2015

The following joint statement was released by 1000 Friends of Florida, Florida Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, ... More »

Senators Want to Gut Clean Water Act

posted Apr 27, 2015

Tell Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to back off his attempts to weaken the Clean Water Act.  Senator Rubio has joined Rand ... More »

The Ocklawaha Needs Your Help

posted Mar 24, 2015

The Ocklawaha River needs your help. Tell the Florida Legislature that the Ocklawaha River, the St. Johns River and ... More »

Grant to Help Save the St. Johns

posted Mar 11, 2015

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER has received a $150,000 matching challenge grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund for our Save ... More »

Springs of the St. Johns

posted Feb 27, 2015

Florida has nearly 1,000 freshwater springs, the largest concentration on Earth.  The source of water for our springs ... More »

2015 Jacksonville Candidate Surveys

posted Feb 23, 2015

The Duval County General Election is right around the corner, and it is important to elect candidates who support ... More »

Get on the Bus for Clean Water

posted Jan 1, 2015

Join us in Tallahassee on February 18 to support the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration, a statewide campaign for the ... More »

2014 St. Johns Riverkeeper Award Recipients

posted Dec 19, 2014

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2014 Volunteers of the Year Peter and Beth Welch Since they began volunteering with St. Johns ... More »

2014 Oyster Roast Silent Auction

posted Nov 5, 2014

Once again, the Silent Auction at this year's Oyster Roast on Friday, November 21 will feature some great items.  Here ... More »

Time To Water Less

posted Nov 1, 2014

With the return of Eastern Standard Time on November 2 comes a change in the irrigation rules. During the winter months ... More »

Miami Deep Dredge Killing Coral Reefs

posted Oct 8, 2014

Ever since the Miami Deep Dredge of Biscayne Bay began in June, evidence has been mounting of the significant ... More »

Membership Campaign - Help Us Grow

posted Sep 19, 2014

We have set a goal to increase our membership by 20% by the end of 2014. As a result, we need your help to grow our ... More »

Is the Deep Dredge Worth the Risk?

posted Sep 17, 2014

What do the economic considerations of the proposed dredging have to do with protecting the St. Johns River? ... More »

Save Silver Springs

posted Sep 15, 2014

LATEST NEWS Click here for a factsheet.  Administrative Hearing Recommended Order 4.29.15 Press Release Response to ... More »

Sleepy Creek Administrative Hearing Update

posted Sep 4, 2014

On Friday, August 29, the administrative hearing for Sleepy Creek Lands (aka Adena Springs Ranch) wrapped up after five ... More »

Sleepy Creek Lands: Make Your Voice Heard

posted Aug 26, 2014

The Administrative Hearing to challenge the Sleepy Creek Lands (formerly known as Adena Springs Ranch) permits kicked ... More »

Surprise Decision, But Threat Remains

posted Jul 17, 2014

Press Release - July 17, 2014 On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, the St. Johns River Water Management (SJRWMD) staff ... More »

Legal Action Taken to Save Silver Springs

posted Jun 4, 2014

St. Johns Riverkeeper and Sierra Club Florida recently filed a petition for an administrative hearing to challenge the ... More »

Dredging Plan Fails the Test

posted May 2, 2014

The following is an editorial from Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, that appeared in the 5.2.14  Jacksonville ... More »

April is Water Conservation Month

posted Apr 1, 2014

According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, "Lawn and landscape irrigation accounts for more than half ... More »

The Big Picture

posted Apr 1, 2014

So often, we make decisions without considering the big picture. Just look at the proposals to dredge the river ... More »

Water Blues Green Solutions

posted Apr 1, 2014

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, US Green Building Council (USGBC) North Florida, WJCT, St. Johns Riverkeeper, AIA ... More »

March is St. Johns River Month

posted Feb 24, 2014

Once again, March is St. Johns River Month! March is a great time of the year to explore (learn how) and celebrate the ... More »

Join the Clean Water Declaration Campaign!

posted Jan 21, 2014

LATEST NEWS!  Join clean water advocates from around the state at the Clean Water Rally in Tally on Tuesday, February ... More »

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

posted Jan 20, 2014

We are working with Rain Water Solutions Inc. to offer high-quality rain barrels at a huge discount.  For a limited ... More »

2013 Accomplishments and the Road Ahead

posted Jan 7, 2014

In 2013, St. Johns Riverkeeper had another successful year elevating community awareness and involvement, addressing ... More »

2013 St. Johns Riverkeeper Award Recipients

posted Dec 13, 2013

Volunteer of the Year – Walton Cheney Throughout 2013, Walton Cheney has worked tirelessly, piloting the St. Johns ... More »

Massive Withdrawals Planned for St. Johns

posted Dec 10, 2013

LATEST NEWS While the official comment period has ended, we still encourage you to express your concerns regarding ... More »

Holiday Giving Ideas

posted Nov 19, 2013

Here are some great ways to support St. Johns Riverkeeper and help your St. Johns River this holiday season: Give ... More »

Alarming Levels of Algal Toxins in St. Johns

posted Oct 21, 2013

St. Johns Riverkeeper Press Release:  Friday, October 18, 2013 Jacksonville, FL -- Today, the St. Johns River Water ... More »

Test Results: Unsafe Levels of Algal Toxins

posted Oct 9, 2013

On October 7, 2013, St. Johns Riverkeeper took two algae samples from the St. Johns River to GreenWater Laboratories in ... More »

Conservation Lands For Sale

posted Aug 31, 2013

Update!  Click here to read comments submitted by St. Johns Riverkeeper expressing serious concerns about the ... More »

Obama Port Initiative Threatens St. Johns

posted Jul 25, 2013

The “We Can’t Wait Initiative” shortchanges the harbor deepening study and our river. Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns ... More »

Save Silver and the St. Johns Forum

posted May 23, 2013

UPDATE:  On June 17th, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Northeast Florida, Florida Springs Institute, and the Center ... More »

Legislation Undermines River Protections

posted Mar 22, 2013

Unfortunately, our elected representatives in Tallahasee are following in the footprints of the Florida Department of ... More »

State to Allow More Toxins in Our Waters

posted Mar 5, 2013

Unfortunately, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing higher pollution limit that would ... More »

Proposed Water Permit Rules Challenged

posted Jan 31, 2013

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is in the process of overhauling the way that consumptive ... More »

State Failing to Protect Our Waterways

posted Jan 31, 2013

Recently, there have been a slew of editorials and op-eds from across the state critical of Governor Rick Scott and the ... More »

Speak Up Wekiva

posted Jan 15, 2013

Click here to download event flyer. Senator Bob Graham, Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, the Florida ... More »

Annual Volunteer Awards Announced

posted Dec 14, 2012

Drum roll please... St. Johns River Advocate of the Year Jim Alabiso is an outspoken advocate for the St. Johns who ... More »

Outstanding River Friendly Yard Awards

posted Dec 10, 2012

For the third year in a row, St. Johns Riverkeeper and Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) are teaming up to present ... More »

Clean Water Act is Good for Our Economy

posted Nov 20, 2012

Letter to Editor Florida Times-Union, November 19, 2012 Jimmy Orth, Executive Director St. Johns Riverkeeper Florida’s ... More »

Response to Georgia-Pacific Draft Permit

posted Oct 5, 2012

October 5, 2012: On October 4th, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a draft wastewater ... More »

Help Protect Our Conservation Lands

posted Oct 2, 2012

We need your help to make sure our publicly-owned conservation lands are protected. The St. Johns River Water ... More »

Clean Water Act Turns 40!

posted Oct 1, 2012

In the late 60's and early 70's, oil spills, river fires, and toxic waste put a national spotlight on our country's ... More »

Join the Campaign

posted Oct 1, 2012

During Membership Month in October, we are encouraging our Facebook fans to "Join the Campaign" and become members of ... More »

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