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Your St. Johns Riverkeeper Wins 2019 Eve Award for Local Resiliency Efforts!

2019 Florida Times-Union Eve Award Winner!
Congratulations to Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper, for her work to ... 

  • Organize and host town hall meetings that attracted 1,000 people to learn about rising water levels in the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Johns River and decades of dredging that made Jacksonville even more vulnerable to storms and flooding.
  • Develop our River Rising campaign with her Riverkeeper team in 2018 to engage community leaders and elected officials in a serious dialogue about what should be done.
  • Develop our River UPRising Action Plan that enlisted the support of community groups, organizations and government leaders.

Thanks to you, the River UpRising is making a difference. First steps are underway to address rising waters in Northeast Florida.

Update: Resiliency Now!

Jacksonville’s Storm Resiliency and Infrastructure Development Review Committee has submitted legislation that will better protect wetlands and increase elevation requirements for new construction. The Adaptation Action Area Working Group (AAA) is discussing strategies to make Jacksonville more prepared for rising waters in the future. It is critical that both committees fully address Northeast Florida’s vulnerabilities and solutions to make our community and our river more resilient.

Final recommendations by the AAA will be made before the end of the year and ordinances are in front of City Council right now. It is important that we tell Jacksonville's Mayor and City Council that resiliency is a priority that must be addressed. We need their commitment to protect our homes, our businesses, and our river from rising waters. Don’t let them forget what was lost with the floods of Hurricane Irma and how important it is to prepare for the next storm.

Unfortunately, only seven of the incoming 19 City Council Members signed our Resiliency Pledge.

It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Irma hit Florida. It is not a matter of “if” another storm will hit, it is a matter of “when.” We have no time to relax and forget what is at stake. Together, we will make a difference. 

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