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posted Jul 15, 2019

Join our team of environmental professionals! We're looking for a part-time Office Manager and CRM Adminstrator  based ... More »

Waterkeepers Florida Launch Moms for Clean Water Campaign Inspired by Florida’s First Lady

posted Jun 24, 2019

Earlier this year, First Lady Casey DeSantis made a powerful statement: “We feel an obligation as parents and we feel ... More »

Don’t Feed the Algae!

posted Apr 29, 2019

Attend one of our Know Your Green | Evening Talks: DeLand | June 26 Invite us to come speak to your neighborhood or ... More »

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

posted Apr 3, 2019

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

Support McCoys Creek Restoration!

posted Mar 28, 2019

McCoys Creek is an impaired urban tributary of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville. The creek flows through ... More »

OUTSTANDING River Friendly Yard Award

posted Feb 15, 2019


Ask Governor DeSantis for a Moratorium on Sewage Sludge!

posted Feb 1, 2019

WHY SEWAGE SLUDGE IS BAD FOR OUR RIVER Annually, 89,000 tons of South Florida's sewage sludge (biosolids) is ... More »

Vote For the River!

posted Jan 30, 2019

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER asked all of the 2019 candidates who ran for Jacksonville City Council to sign a Resiliency ... More »

Vote for the River: Candidate Survey and Pledge

posted Jan 30, 2019

Jacksonville is holding the general election for City Council on May 14, 2019.   Voters need to know which candidates ... More »

2018 By the Numbers

posted Jan 11, 2019

We are sincerely grateful for your commitment and membership support. Because of you, our St. Johns River has a strong ... More »

Groups Urge Action to Stop JEA Pollution

posted Dec 12, 2018


River UPRising!

posted Nov 28, 2018

5 WAYS TO TAKE ACTION  1. Watch our River UPRising webinar! 2. Write a letter to COJ City Council President Aaron ... More »

Withdrawals Potentially Threaten Black Creek

posted Oct 29, 2018

Recently, the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a notice soliciting public ... More »

Ban Sewage Sludge Now!

posted Oct 26, 2018

On October 15, 2018, our Headwaters Advisory Committee delivered an editorial to local papers highlighting the MANY ... More »

Florida Waterkeepers Unite to Protect Florida’s Waters

posted Aug 1, 2018

On July 31, Florida Waterkeepers joined forces in Tallahassee to stand up for Florida waters. Waterkeepers united from ... More »

Temporary Moratorium of Sewage Sludge Land Application

posted Jul 10, 2018

On July 10, 2018, St. Johns Riverkeeper and its Headwaters Advisory Council sent an Urgent Request for an Immediate ... More »

Legal Victory for Conservation Lands

posted Jun 15, 2018

On June 15, 2018, Florida Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled in favor of environmental organizations that the land ... More »

River Rising Town Hall Series

posted Jun 15, 2018

Join St. Johns RIVERKEEPER at the upcoming River Rising: Town Hall Series to learn about rising waters in the St. ... More »

You did it! Julington-Durbin Preserve Has Been Saved!

posted Jun 14, 2018

DEVELOPER ABANDONS LANDS SWAP PLANS FOR JULINGTON-DURBIN!  You did it! On June 28, Eastland announced that they will ... More »

Dredging Increases Salinity and Storm Surge

posted May 7, 2018

For decades, the St. Johns River has been deepened, straightened and manipulated to allow bigger and bigger ships to ... More »

Report Ranks Top Polluters of St. Johns River and the Nation

posted Mar 29, 2018

For Immediate Release Thursday, March 29, 2018 Contact: Jennifer Rubiello, State Director, Environment ... More »

OUTSTANDING River Friendly Yard Award kicks off!

posted Mar 1, 2018

Annually, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER, Florida Native Plant Society's local chapters, and other native plant experts ... More »

Controversial Toxic Chemical Rule Withdrawn

posted Feb 21, 2018

For Immediate Release February 21, 2018 FDEP Withdraws Rule That Would Have Allowed More Toxic Chemicals in Florida’s ... More »

Motion Denied, Dredging Challenge Continues

posted Jan 23, 2018

Below is the press release that St. Johns RIVERKEEPER released on 1/22/18.  MEDIA RELEASE Jacksonville, FL -- On ... More »

Corps Fails to Assess Flooding Impacts from Dredging

posted Jan 2, 2018

Recently, the Florida Times-Union published a special report, As the Ocean Creeps In, that looked into why Hurricane ... More »

2017 RIVERKEEPER Awards Announced

posted Dec 19, 2017

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2017 Educator of the Year Scott Sowell, Ph.D Each year, a school, group of students, program or ... More »


posted Dec 5, 2017

On December 4, 2017, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction to postpone the first phase of the ... More »

St. Johns River Survey Results

posted Oct 25, 2017

The Jacksonville University (JU) Social Science Research Center recently released the results of a November 2016 survey ... More »

2017 State of the River Report

posted Oct 9, 2017

The 10th State of the River Report was recently released by a team of academic researchers from Jacksonville ... More »

Lost Springs of the Ocklawaha

posted Sep 19, 2017

For over 45 years, the Ocklawaha River (the largest tributary of the St. Johns River) and its springs and wetlands have ... More »

JAXPORT Avoids Dredging Debate

posted Aug 9, 2017

In an attempt to head off public scrutiny of the proposed dredging, JAXPORT has recently deployed three strategies - 1) ... More »

How Will Dredging Impact Sea Level Rise?

posted Jul 27, 2017

This post is by Dr. Jeremy Stalker.  Jeremy is an Associate Professor at Jacksonville University in the Marine Science ... More »

How Will Dredging Impact Fisheries?

posted Jul 27, 2017

This post is by Dr. Clay L. Montague.  Clay is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida in ... More »

How Will Dredging Impact Algal Blooms?

posted Jul 27, 2017

This post is by Robert Storm Burks.  Robert is an aquatic biologist/ecologist who formerly led scientific ... More »

Avoid Potentially Toxic Algal Blooms

posted Jul 21, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE July 21, 2017 Contact: Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns ... More »

Expert Finds Dredging “Economically Infeasible”

posted Jul 10, 2017

JULY 11, 2017 NEW REPORT SAYS DEEP DREDGE IS ‘ECONOMICALLY INFEASIBLE’ Independent Expert Finds Major Flaws in Economic ... More »

Port Pulls Deep Dredge End-Around

posted Jun 22, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE JUNE 22, 2017 JAXPORT PULLS A DEEP DREDGE END-AROUND Port Plans to Start Dredging Without Local Consent ... More »

Get the Facts About Dredging Proposal

posted May 31, 2017

GET THE FACTS Click here to download a factsheet about this important issue. JAXPORT wants to deepen the last 13 miles ... More »

Judge Sides with District Over Springs

posted May 25, 2017

On May 24, 2017, Administrative Law Judge E. Gary Early issued his Final Order, dismissing the petition by St. Johns ... More »

Avoid Algal Blooms

posted May 22, 2017

Nutrient overload, or eutrophication, from too much nitrogen and phosphorous is one of the most serious water quality ... More »

New Rule Jeopardizes Silver Springs

posted May 9, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE May 9, 2017 Contact: Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper ST. JOHNS ... More »

Legal Challenge of Dredging Project Filed

posted Apr 6, 2017

PRESS RELEASE APRIL 7, 2017 JACKSONVILLE, FL – On Friday, April 7, 2017, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER filed a Complaint for ... More »

Outstanding River Friendly Yard Award

posted Mar 29, 2017

With toxic algae blooms occurring throughout our state, it is more important than ever to recognize the practices that ... More »

Annual Meeting Goes Virtual!

posted Mar 27, 2017

The St. Johns Riverkeeper headquarters are in Jacksonville, but the issues impacting the river are not so concentrated. ... More »

District Plan Would Further Reduce Silver Springs Flow

posted Mar 20, 2017

TAKE ACTION!  The SJRWMD Governing Board will vote on the proposed MFL on Tuesday, April 11.  Scroll down for contact ... More »

Does Dredging Make Economic Sense?

posted Mar 20, 2017

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER continues to have the following concerns, regarding the proposal to dredge the last 13 miles of ... More »

Activate the St. Johns River

posted Jan 30, 2017

From March 18 to April 2, 2017, paddling trips, eco-tours, and other opportunities to experience and explore the St. ... More »

Petition Filed to Challenge Sleepy Creek Lands Permit

posted Jan 9, 2017

ALERT: The adminstrative hearing to challenge this permit takes place April 10 - 13 at the SJRWMD headquarters (4049 ... More »

Sleepy Creek Lands Back For More

posted Jan 4, 2017

Sleepy Creek Lands (formerly known as Adena Springs Ranch) and its the Canadian billionaire owner, Frank Stronach, ... More »

Annual Volunteer Awards Announced

posted Dec 13, 2016

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2016 Volunteer of the Year Robert Field A “Rising Tide” member since 2013, Robert Field join the ... More »

#adayinthelife for #GivingTuesday 2016

posted Nov 28, 2016

#GivingTuesday is about more than donations. This holiday season, consider giving a gift with meaning by helping to ... More »

Protect Hallowes Cove

posted Nov 21, 2016

The Rivertown development along SR 13 in St. Johns County wants to build a 250-slip drydock marina on 8 acres of a ... More »

Don’t Kill the Goose

posted Nov 11, 2016

On one point we can all agree – everyone wants a robust and stable economy that affords opportunities for jobs and ... More »

Massive Development Threatens St. Johns

posted Nov 10, 2016

Deseret Ranch was founded in Osceola County in 1950, and continues to produce beef cattle, citrus and timber. The ... More »

The Economic Value of the St. Johns River

posted Nov 10, 2016

In 2015, the University of Florida completed a study that looked at the economic value of the Lower St. Johns River ... More »

9th Annual State of the River Report

posted Nov 3, 2016

The following was adapted from the 9th annual report's Executive Summary. The annual State of the River Report is a ... More »

Riverkeeper and DCPS Get Students on the River

posted Oct 3, 2016

For the second year, St Johns RIVERKEEPER and Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) are partnering through the STEAM ... More »

State to Allow More Toxins in Our Waterways

posted Oct 2, 2016

Required to update its Human Health-Based ater Quality Criteria to protect human health from exposure to surface water ... More »

Conservation, NOT River Withdrawals

posted Oct 1, 2016

Central Florida is already reaching the sustainable limits of its predominant source of water, the Floridan Aquifer. ... More »

Dredging Challenge Will Move to Federal Court

posted Jul 27, 2016

***NEWS RELEASE*** July 27, 2016 Contacts: Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper (904) 509-3260 Dredging Challenge Will ... More »

Amendment 1 Legal Action Filed

posted Jun 2, 2016

UPDATE:  A summary judgement hearing has been scheduled for December 5, 2016 before Circuit Judge Charles W. Dodson in ... More »

Gemini Springs Victory!

posted Apr 27, 2016

CLICK HERE FOR A FACTSHEET On June 14, 2016, the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board voted to ... More »

Dredging Project Fails to Protect Our River

posted Apr 19, 2016

Guest Column By Lisa Rinaman, Florida Times-Union  4.19.16 Recently, St. Johns Riverkeeper filed a legal petition to ... More »

Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 18, 2016

St. Johns Riverkeeper and a team of river advocates recently completed the Save the St. Johns Tour, a 13-day journey of ... More »

The Quest to Save the St. Johns Continues

posted Apr 15, 2016

Note: Scroll to bottom of this post for a video announcement from Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper We want to ... More »

Challenge Filed to Protect River from Dredging

posted Apr 5, 2016

UPDATE: After a series of motions and the determination that the state is incapable of holding the Corps accountable ... More »

Day 13 - Final Day of the Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 4, 2016

Day 13 began with a beautiful sunrise overlooking the shoreline where the St. Johns River meets the ocean. The Tour ... More »

Day 12 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 3, 2016

On Saturday, Day 12, the weather didn't want to cooperate for the first time on the Tour, and we had to cancel the ... More »

Day 11 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Apr 1, 2016

The tour team left Green Cove Springs on a full stomach after our innkeeper, Pat, served up a delicious breakfast at ... More »

Day 10 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 31, 2016

Crystal Cove Marina, overlooking the St. Johns River in Palatka provided a beautiful backdrop for a live remote ... More »

Day 9 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 31, 2016

We began our day with a hot pot of coffee on the banks of the Ocklawaha River, the largest tributary to the St. Johns ... More »

Day 8 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 29, 2016

We started out our day with a meeting at Silver Springs State Park with numerous environmental leaders that included: ... More »

Day 7 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 28, 2016

We began the day with a warm send-off from the generous and hospitable residents of Drayton Island who hosted our group ... More »

Day 6 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 26, 2016

On Day 6, the tour team departed DeLand and headed north passing the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and Lake ... More »

Day 5 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 25, 2016

What an adventure! Day 5 of the Save the St. Johns tour began on a spring fed, 16-mile tributary to the St. Johns, the ... More »

Day 4 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 25, 2016

Today, we ventured off the main stem of the St. Johns River to explore the Econlockhatchee River, the second largest ... More »

Day 3 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 24, 2016

On Day 3, the Tour Team paddled the St. Johns River north of Lake Poinsett. This section is more braided and difficult ... More »

Day 2 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 24, 2016

Day 2 on the river brought sunny skies and wide lakes, connected by marshland ideal for airboating. Camp Holly was ... More »

Day 1 - Save the St. Johns Tour

posted Mar 24, 2016

Our 13-day journey began with a ceremonial blessing from Sister Pat Siemen. Today's launch coincides with World Water ... More »

Orlando Sentinel Interview with Lisa Rinaman

posted Feb 23, 2016

February 23, 2016: Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, was recently interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel Editorial ... More »

Save the St. Johns 2016 River Tour

posted Jan 20, 2016

We wants to engage you in an urgent call-to-action to save the imperiled St. Johns River. On March 22, Lisa Rinaman, ... More »

2015 St. Johns Riverkeeper Award Recipients

posted Dec 15, 2015

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2015 Advocate Matt Keene As an explorer, filmmaker, and journalist, Keene is able to tell ... More »

Is Georgia-Pacific Violating Its Permit?

posted Oct 14, 2015

October 14, 2015: Based on the results of monitoring, significant biological changes have occurred in the St. Johns ... More »

St. Johns Riverkeeper Explains Opposition to Current Dredging Plans

posted Sep 3, 2015

Guest column: Riverkeeper explains opposition to current dredging plans, The Florida Times-Union   9.3.15 St. Johns ... More »

Dredging Project Faces Legal Challenge

posted Aug 11, 2015

The following is from a press release sent by St. Johns Riverkeeper on August 11, 2015: JACKSONVILLE, FL – On Tuesday, ... More »

Disappointed But NOT Defeated

posted Jul 16, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, St. Johns Riverkeeper, fellow advocates and concerned citizens from all over the state ... More »

Water Wars Forum

posted Jul 15, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 6 pm The program will begin at approximately 6:15 pm. The River House at Jacksonville ... More »

Governing Board Votes On Controversial Permit July 14

posted Jun 24, 2015

In May, an Administrative Law Judge ruled against St. Johns Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Northeast Florida, Jeri Baldwin, ... More »

St. Johns Riverkeeper Joins Amendment 1 Lawsuit

posted Jun 22, 2015

Amendment 1 Lawsuit Press Release Amendment 1 Legal Complaint Floridians overwhelmingly supported Amendment 1 with 75% ... More »

Forced Resignations Weaken Water Agency

posted May 13, 2015

Recently, four top executives at the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) suddenly resigned, with two of ... More »

Ruling By Judge Threatens Silver Springs

posted May 6, 2015

PRESS RELEASE:  MAY 5, 2015 SILVER SPRINGS, FL -- Despite evidence that Florida’s iconic Silver Springs would be ... More »

Free the Ocklawaha

posted May 1, 2015

The time has come to finally restore the Ocklawaha River.  The Ocklawaha is the largest tributary to the St. Johns ... More »

Say NO to “Water Bill” SB 918

posted Apr 28, 2015

The following joint statement was released by 1000 Friends of Florida, Florida Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, ... More »

Senators Want to Gut Clean Water Act

posted Apr 27, 2015

Tell Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to back off his attempts to weaken the Clean Water Act.  Senator Rubio has joined Rand ... More »

The Ocklawaha Needs Your Help

posted Mar 24, 2015

The Ocklawaha River needs your help. Tell the Florida Legislature that the Ocklawaha River, the St. Johns River and ... More »

Grant to Help Save the St. Johns

posted Mar 11, 2015

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER has received a $150,000 matching challenge grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund for our Save ... More »

Springs of the St. Johns

posted Feb 27, 2015

Florida has nearly 1,000 freshwater springs, the largest concentration on Earth.  The source of water for our springs ... More »

2015 Jacksonville Candidate Surveys

posted Feb 23, 2015

The Duval County General Election is right around the corner, and it is important to elect candidates who support ... More »

Get on the Bus for Clean Water

posted Jan 1, 2015

Join us in Tallahassee on February 18 to support the Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration, a statewide campaign for the ... More »

2014 St. Johns Riverkeeper Award Recipients

posted Dec 19, 2014

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® 2014 Volunteers of the Year Peter and Beth Welch Since they began volunteering with St. Johns ... More »

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