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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...

How Will Dredging Impact Fisheries?

Photo credit: Will Dickey, willdickey.comThis post is by Dr. Clay L. Montague.  Clay is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. How Harbor Deepening Impacts Migratory Fishes...

How Will Dredging Impact Algal Blooms?

This post is by Robert Storm Burks.  Robert is an aquatic biologist/ecologist who formerly led scientific investigations on the St Johns River for the State of Florida for the last decade. How will dredging the St Johns River impact algal blooms? Algal blooms are...

Avoid Potentially Toxic Algal Blooms

Boy Scouts Camp on Doctors LakeMEDIA RELEASE July 21, 2017 Contact: Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa@stjohnsriverkeeper.org 904-509-3260 Jacksonville, FL — On July 12, 2017, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER took a sample of a blue-green algae or cyanobacteria bloom...

Expert Finds Dredging "Economically Infeasible"

JULY 11, 2017 NEW REPORT SAYS DEEP DREDGE IS ‘ECONOMICALLY INFEASIBLE’ Independent Expert Finds Major Flaws in Economic Study JACKSONVILLE, FL – St. Johns RIVERKEEPER has released a new report by a leading international port and shipping expert that...

Port Pulls Deep Dredge End-Around

MEDIA RELEASE JUNE 22, 2017 JAXPORT PULLS A DEEP DREDGE END-AROUND Port Plans to Start Dredging Without Local Consent Frustrated by a lack of funding support, JAXPORT recently announced a new plan to dredge 11 miles of the St. Johns River channel, instead of 13 miles,...

Get the Facts About Dredging Proposal

GET THE FACTS Click here to download a factsheet about this important issue. JAXPORT wants to deepen the last 13 miles of the St. Johns River from 40 to 47 feet for bigger ships. By digging a deeper channel, are we also making our communities more vulnerable to...

Judge Sides with District Over Springs

On May 24, 2017, Administrative Law Judge E. Gary Early issued his Final Order, dismissing the petition by St. Johns Riverkeeper, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Silver Springs Alliance, and Alice Gardner to invalidate an emergency Minimum Flow and Level...
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