We are sincerely grateful for your commitment and membership support. Because of you, our St. Johns River has a strong voice and a dedicated team of passionate professional advocates working tirelessly every day for its protection.
With your help, we are making progress for the St. Johns and its watershed:
– Earlier this year, a judge ruled in favor of St. Johns Riverkeeper and our co-plaintiffs, finding that the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2014 requires funding to be used FOR land conservation and NOT other purposes.
– We helped stop a dangerous state rule that would have allowed increased levels of toxic chemicals in Florida’s surface waters.
– St. Johns Riverkeeper led a coalition of organizations and individuals that successfully protected Julington-Durbin Preserve from a developer planning to build 1400 homes in the middle of the preserve.
– We launched a series of community town hall meetings to raise awareness about the impacts of dredging and rising waters. More than 700 people attended eight town halls and over 900 postcards were mailed to local leaders urging action.
– Our efforts led to a moratorium on the use of sewage sludge at one of the biggest polluting farms, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection formed a Biosolids Technical Advisory Committee to address this serious problem.
– In 2018, we have provided educational boat trips for over 3,000 5th grade students and programs for over 8,200 students throughout the St. Johns River watershed. And we awarded a $25,000 National Geographic education grant to enable us to reach even more students in 2019!
– From Jacksonville to DeLand, we activated over 500 volunteers who helped our education, outreach and advocacy initiatives, cleanups and more.
– Thanks to our Rising Tides young professionals and our cleanup volunteers, we removed over 350 bags of trash from McCoy Creek and our river's waterways!
These are just some examples of the successful work we are doing on behalf of you, your family, and our beloved river. However, there is much left to do in 2019 and beyond!