UPDATE: On January 8, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the on-going water dispute between Florida and Georgia related to the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. Read details in our January member alert. Equitable sharing of the water is possible and we hope that the justices’ decision will set us on that path.
Look What We Did Together!
As you reflect on the significance of Apalachicola River and Bay, please consider renewing your membership today. Just look what we accomplished together in 2017. Your contributions support the critical work of advocacy, education, outreach and collaborative research work to protect this American treasure. This will greatly help us head into 2018, fired up and ready to continue the essential work you expect of Apalachicola Riverkeeper, especially as we await the United States Supreme Court hearing on January 8.
Because of our supporters, in 2017 Apalachicola Riverkeeper:
- Launched the Apalachicola River Project, a collaborative, interdisciplinary partnership with Florida State University and conservation partners. More than 150 students participated in eco-educational outings and classroom presentations.
- Embarked on a film documentary partnership with FSU’s School of Communication and WFSU Public Media through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
- Remained committed to better water management practices through consensus-building and collaboration among the water interests in Georgia, Florida and Alabama – the states that share the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin through on-going work in the ACF Stakeholders.
- Worked with riparian county governments and other citizen groups to bring attention to the potential and lasting impacts of deep-injection and oil and gas wells on our rivers, streams and groundwater.
- Led monthly kayaking trips to teach regional river history and ecology for community members.
- Co-organized a planning meeting in Washington, D.C. with former Senator Bob Graham and national conservation leaders. State conservation partners and the Apalachicola Conservation Coalition are actively engaged in planning a major river conference for March 2018.
- Concluded a collaborative research project in partnership with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida.
- Stood up to the Army Corps of Engineers by legally challenging their Environmental Impact Study.
- Conducted numerous ecology educational outings for researchers, community leaders, media members and others.
- Led our 10th Annual RiverTrek public outreach and fundraising campaign. Volunteer paddlers completed a kayak camp excursion meeting with ecology experts along the way. RiverTrek volunteers then serve as river ambassadors.
- Removed nearly 4 tons of trash in a single day from the shores and waters of Apalachicola River and Bay, alongside 400+ dynamic volunteers in Franklin and Gadsden counties, as part of the annual lnternational Coastal Clean-Up.
As you can see, Apalachicola Riverkeeper remains actively and fully committed to our mission. With your support, we can continue our steadfast work to protect and restore Apalachicola River and Bay.
March 14-16, 2018
This conference will bring renewed attention to the ecological, cultural and economic importance of the Apalachicola River, Floodplain and Bay and strengthen efforts to ensure the sustainability of this resource for current and future generations.
Read the 2017 the Apalachicola River, Floodplain and Bay Situation Report presented by collaborative partners at a stakeholders meeting in Washington, DC.
New Army Corps of Engineers Plan Violates Key Environmental Laws. To read the lawsuit, please click here
Apalachicola River and Bay in the US Supreme Court-
Click here to read updates on the ‘water wars’ trial; Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s response the recent recommendation by the Special Master and steps Congress is now taking in response to the pending decision by the Supreme Court and implementation of the US Corps of Engineers Water Control Manual.
Meet our Riverkeeper, Dan Tonsmeire and learn how the health of the Apalachicola Bay depends on the freshwater flow from Apalachicola River.
Apalachicola Riverkeeper is featured in Waterkeeper Alliance magazine. For our story and photos of the river and bay, click on Article | Full issue
Since 1998, Apalachicola Riverkeeper and our partners in conservation have been front and center in the fight for fairness in water use, allocation, and management and you, our members have been right there with us.
Your financial support has made it possible for Apalachicola Riverkeeper to work very closely with key stakeholders across state borders in agriculture, development, business and Gulf fisheries, including the independent fishermen of Apalachicola Bay. Thank you! We know the opportunity to share water in a socially just and equitable way exists between all of these competing interests and we are not giving up until we find that path forward.
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