Northwest Florida Toll Road

August 25, 2023- About a year ago, the Bay County Transportation Planning Organization asked the Florida Department of Transportation to investigate building a four-lane toll road from I-10 to U.S. 98. Florida DOT’s Turnpike Enterprise recently presented a rough proposal to the BCTPO. Three potential route options are suggested that would connect Panama City to …

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Pathway to Recovery: July ABSI Update (FSU Coastal and Marine Lab)

The Apalachicola Bay System Initiative Newsletter – July 2023 an initiative of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab The ABSI mission: to gain insight into the root causes of decline of the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem with a focus on oyster reefs, and ultimately, with guidance from the Community Advisory Board and input from …

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Planning Meeting Kicks off with Tour of Woodruff Dam

By Georgia Ackerman May 24, 2023–Riverkeeper Cameron Baxley and I joined a tour of Woodruff Dam in Chattahoochee today. The Riparian County Stakeholder Coalition (RCSC) coordinated a meeting with members of the Apalachicola Caucus of the ACF Stakeholders, Florida DEP staff, Northwest Florida Water Management District and other stakeholders of the Apalachicola River basin. USACE …

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Legislative Update from Waterkeepers Florida

June 30, 2023–Legislative Update from Waterkeepers Florida At the start of 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-06, setting out a plan to “further advance the protection of Florida’s environment and water quality.” It promised accountability and sound science. It was tentative relief for Florida residents and visitors alike who, in recent years, have …

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Congratulations 2023 Scholarship Winners!

May 31, 2023–Congratulations to the 2023 Katie Herzog–Apalachicola Riverkeeper educational scholarship recipients, John River Sheridan and Colin Wefing, Both are graduates of the Franklin County School (FCS). The students will each receive $2,000 toward their college tuition. Colin and River, along with family members joined a recent Apalachicola River boating trip after a reception at …

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