FSU Apalachicola River Project

The Apalachicola River Project is an interdisciplinary effort of students and faculty from Florida State University in partnership with  Apalachicola Riverkeeper and other conservation and environmental partners. The project aims to bring renewed attention to the Apalachicola River and Bay system.  More than 125 undergraduate students spent a semester learning about the challenges facing the Apalachicola River and Bay. The project included students from multiple departments, including Digital Media Production; Media and Communication Studies; English; and Environmental Science and Policy. Additionally, the digital media and social media students produced blogs, photos, and videos.

Special thanks to Dr. Andy Opel, School of Communications, for spearheading this project. Here are a few of the videos and a news summary.

Apalachicola River – Introduction

This short video provides an overview of the complex forces stressing this river basin’s ecosystem.


Tommy Ward and the Decline of the Oysters

Longtime Apalachicola Bay oyster man and business owner Tommy Ward provides an intimate look at the human impacts of declining ecosystem.


The Politics of the Water Wars

This video unpacks the ongoing water war between Georgia and Florida, detailing the political aspects of the struggle.


Biodiversity and the Apalachicola River Basin Hotspot

One of five major biological hotspots in the U.S., the Apalachicola River Basin is critical habitat for an amazing range of plants and animals.