St. Johns Riverkeeper

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The St. Johns Riverkeeper is getting a boost from a local charity fund.

The Delores Barr Weaver Fund has pledged to match donations to the Riverkeeper’s "Save the St. Johns" fundraising campaign up to $125,000.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman made the announcement Friday on the Northbank Riverwalk behind the Yates Family YMCA. She said the fund will be used for technical, scientific and legal support, as well as informing the public about issues that span the length of Florida’s longest river.

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Controversial plans to deepen the Jacksonville harbor could move forward after business leaders, city officials and environmentalists announced a compromise Monday.

    

Even Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown will admit: this is a case of strange bedfellows.

"It's not everyday that you see the business community and the environmental community sharing the same boat and rowing in the same direction," said Brown.

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At 310 miles long, the St. Johns is the longest river in Florida. It’s flat and slow - flowing at less than half-a-mile per hour - but not lazy. The St. Johns is the state’s most important river for commerce and recreation. Its significance runs deep, but for some, a stretch of the river needs to run deeper.

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At 310 miles long, the St. Johns is the longest river in Florida. It’s flat and slow, flowing at less than half a mile per hour, but the St. Johns is the state’s most important river for commerce and recreation. Its significance runs deep, but for some, a stretch of the river needs to run deeper.

"Identifying the deepening as a necessity to grow the port happened several years ago," said Nancy Rubin, Director of Communications for the Jacksonville Port Authority. JAXPORT wants to deepen 13 miles of the St. Johns at the mouth of the river from 40 feet to 47 feet.

Florida plans to go statewide with a water-quality program that lets polluters partially off the hook if they buy credits for extra cleanup others have already done. The credit-selling program has critics in Jacksonville, the city where it started.

A few years back, the polluted St. Johns River became the test case for the voluntary water-quality credit program. The theory, state regulators say, was to foster regional cooperation by adding an economic incentive for water cleanup.

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A local group is taking to the water to help kill an invasive species that has infiltrated the waters of the First Coast.

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City officials and environmental advocates have partnered for an annual event they hope will drive residents to give back to their community by cleaning up the St. Johns River.

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Researchers at Jacksonville University recently opened one of their newest classrooms with a little champagne and a river's worth of water.

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The possibility of draining freshwater from the St. Johns River for use in Central Florida is again being raised in the Sunshine State.

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The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a meeting tonight to discuss a plan that calls for the removal of millions of gallons of St. Johns River water.

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Central Florida’s population is expected to grow at such a rapid pace that a plan is currently in the works to make sure the region doesn’t run out of water.

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A plan that would let Central Florida withdraw as much as 155 million gallons of water a day from the St. Johns River to meet the region’s growing needs is expected to be adopted this spring.

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Fresh water springs all over the state are facing  an increasing number of problems, from over-use of the aquifer to over-fertilizing.

Silver Springs is arguably in the worst condition and activists are concerned a permit to allow pumping from the springs for a nearby cattle ranch could be a breaking point if it is approved. 

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