Riverkeeper and other experts with a mermaid

St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa Rinaman, joins other experts for a photo op with a mermaid

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER joined with fellow river and springs experts from around the state on Wednesday, February 15 to advocate for a free-flowing Great Florida Riverway at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.

The Great Florida Riverway Coalition, including St. Johns RIVERKEEPER, set up an impressive Great Florida Riverway display in the Capitol Rotunda about the benefits of reuniting the rivers. We guided stakeholders and legislators through a walking tour exhibit of the Ocklawaha and St Johns Rivers and Silver Springs utilizing film, large format photos, and information panels.

Just for fun, visitors even got to take a picture with a live mermaid!

The Great Florida Riverway includes the St. Johns, Ocklawaha, and Silver Rivers, along with Silver Springs. Currently, the Rodman/Kirkpatrick Dam is impeding a free-flowing river system. Learn more about the Great Florida Riverway and our efforts to Reunite the Rivers at GreatFloridaRiverway.com.

St. Johns Riverkeeper's Outreach Coordinator for Putnam County with one of our life-sized photo displays

St. Johns Riverkeeper’s Community Engagement Coordinator for Putnam County, Jessica Finch, with one of the life-sized photo displays

Protect River Communities photo display

Boat Captains Erika Ritter and Karen Chadwick with the Protect River Communities photo display