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Controversial Toxic Chemical Rule Withdrawn

For Immediate Release February 21, 2018 FDEP Withdraws Rule That Would Have Allowed More Toxic Chemicals in Florida’s Waters  JACKSONVILLE, FL — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) recently withdrew a dangerous state rule that...

Motion Denied, Dredging Challenge Continues

Below is the press release that St. Johns RIVERKEEPER released on 1/22/18.  MEDIA RELEASE Jacksonville, FL — On January 19, 2018, Judge Marcia Morales Howard issued an order denying St. Johns RIVERKEEPER's Motion for Preliminary Injunction to prohibit...

Corps Fails to Assess Flooding Impacts from Dredging

Recently, the Florida Times-Union published a special report, As the Ocean Creeps In, that looked into why Hurricane Irma "caused a shocking 150-year flood that sent salty seawater gushing into the streets of downtown and an eclectic mix of neighborhoods along...

2017 RIVERKEEPER Awards Announced

Scott Sowell of Darnell Cookman Middle/High School named as 2017 Educator of the YearSt. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2017 Educator of the Year Scott Sowell, Ph.D Each year, a school, group of students, program or teacher stands out through our work in schools. This year,...

St. Johns River Survey Results

The Jacksonville University (JU) Social Science Research Center recently released the results of a November 2016 survey of Jacksonville area residents about the St. Johns River.  The results are compared to finding from a similar poll that was conducted in 2012....

2017 State of the River Report

The 10th State of the River Report was recently released by a team of academic researchers from Jacksonville University, University of North Florida, and Florida Southern College.   This annual report provides a summary and analysis of the health of the...

Lost Springs of the Ocklawaha

For over 45 years, the Ocklawaha River (the largest tributary of the St. Johns River) and its springs and wetlands have been impacted by a dam that was built in Putnam County as part of the failed Cross Florida Barge Canal. The Rodman Dam (now known as the Kirkpatrick...

JAXPORT Avoids Dredging Debate

Image credit: Florida Times-UnionIn an attempt to head off public scrutiny of the proposed dredging, JAXPORT has recently deployed three strategies – 1) delay the ask for local funding until the dredging is well underway, 2) make false claims the project has...

How Will Dredging Impact Sea Level Rise?

This post is by Dr. Jeremy Stalker.  Jeremy is an Associate Professor at Jacksonville University in the Marine Science Research Institute. Dredging Will Accelerate the Impacts of Sea Level Rise I will always support responsible, well thought out development for...
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