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“We should really round in this conversation that our group limited itself to discussing adaptation within this vulnerable land [the AAA], and did not discuss ways to mitigate against future sea level rise via policies about limiting greenhouse gas exposure or all the things that the City can be doing to reduce its impact on climate change at this point,” said Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Advocacy Director. 
“There is a cost of doing nothing,” Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper warns. 

July 29, 2019 | First Coast News
Sewage Sludge is Polluting the River

“The petition is trying to ask for the same protection that South Florida has for the St. Johns River watershed until we can come up with a holistic solution for what to do with our waste,” said Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Advocacy Director. 

July 23, 2019 | Folio Weekly
Keep It Clean

“We believe Casey DeSantis is critically important because not only does she have our governor’s ear, she also has a platform through which she can make sure moms across Florida have a voice for clean water as well,” said Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper of our Moms for Clean Water campaign.
“It has really been discouraging,” said Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper, who has pushed state officials to impose more stringent regulations on the handling of biosolids.
“It was like kayaking in pea soup.The gas from the algae was bubbling up and giving off awful smells,” said Bill Zoby, St Johns Riverkeeper Headwaters Advisory Council. 

July 12, 2019 | Florida Sportman 
Watermen Documentaries – Biosolids

Mike Conner meets with St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa Rinaman to discuss the biosolids entering the St. John’s and how they are contributing to the increased phosphorus levels and toxic algal blooms.

“We don’t just want to show the film and have everyone go home scared of the water around them. We want this film to raise questions and we want to see those questions answered.” said Kelly Thompson, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director. 

“Algal blooms are visual symptoms that the river is sick,” said Kelly Thompson, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director. 

June 21, 2019 | Florida Times-Union
EVE 2019: Lisa Rinaman puts focus on St. Johns River

“I fell in love with the magic of Florida waters,” said Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper.

“We’re using that science and using the power of citizen influence and voices to affect change,” said Kelly Thompson, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director. 

“We can’t buy our way out of Florida’s algae crisis. We need to not only have projects but enhanced regulatory protections and education,” said Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper.

June 13, 2019 | Tampa Bay Business Journal
State task force tackles toxic algae

“We can’t buy our way out of Florida’s algae crisis,” said Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper.

May 20, 2019 | Florida Times-Union
Legislature dropped the ball on toxic green algae

“We urge DeSantis to make sure the task force addresses the needs of all of Florida’s waters — including the St. Johns — and focuses on stopping pollution at its source.” – wrote Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper. 

“The thing that concerns me about what’s happening up north is that it is happening so early in the year before the water temperatures and our summer really begins,” said Gabbie Milch, St. Johns Riverkeeper Middle Basin Coordinator.

“So this could truly turn into a super bloom. A super bloom is when you have a large area covered with green algae for a long period of time. Some people call it the green monster,” said Lisa Rinaman, your St. Johns Riverkeeper.