Protecting Wild Places with REI

November 14, 2022—Tallahassee, FL Dear REI Co-op, Thank you! We are so proud to partner with REI in the protection of wild places! On behalf of everyone at Apalachicola Riverkeeper—our members, supporters, staff, volunteers and board of directors—we are truly grateful for your generous support of our on-going work to protect and restore the Apalachicola …

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Florida Fall in the Tidal Creeks

November 2022 The arrival of monarchs and fall wildflowers brings a slow-motion firework display of rich reds, oranges, yellows and purples to the Florida Fall scene. The monochrome monoculture of the tidal marsh offers a stunning contrast to the vibrant yellows of swamp sunflowers weaving through the cordgrass.   Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s recent eco-outing took paddlers …

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2022 RiverTrek Support Crew

November 3, 2022 – Apalachiola Riverkeeper’s annual RiverTrek campaign is a sizable endeavor. It begins with the Apalachicola Riverkeeper staff organizing trip logistics and selecting the RiverTrek paddlers, who apply for the team. Next the paddlers launch their fundraising and awareness-raising activities (months prior to the actual journey). They continually meet to discuss RiverTrek trip …

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An update on the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative

October 27, 2022 – Dr. Sandra Brooke, FSU In 2013, the Apalachicola Bay wild oyster fishery was declared a federal fishery disaster, which precipitated significant funding for research and restoration. Despite these efforts, monitoring data collected from historic oyster bars and several cultching (shelling) projects across the bay show that oyster populations are still very …

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Native People of the Apalachicola Basin

October 24, 2022 – By Doug Alderson Along the high banks of Blountstown’s Neal Landing, the 2022 RiverTrek crew were presented an overview of the region’s Native American history by noted historian Dale Cox. “Native American roots here go back more than 10,000 years,” Cox said, “Especially in the Chipola River valley.” Cox explained that …

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Ms. Barton’s River Classroom

By Georgia Ackerman October 3, 2022—Educator Cameron Barton believes everything is connected. A mother and science teacher with deep family roots in coastal north Florida, she walks her talk.  An ardent supporter of Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Cameron is again raising both awareness and funds to help protect and restore the Apalachicola River and Bay. This is …

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Marianna’s Merritts Mill Pond

August 21, 2022-Freshwater spring visits are a must during the Florida summer, and with over 700 springs in the state there are plenty to choose from. Florida has more freshwater springs than any other place the world of comparable size. Underneath these springs is a massive reservoir of groundwater, known as the Floridan aquifer system, …

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Marina Complex Proposed on Apalachicola River

Citizen Interest Update from Apalachicola Riverkeeper August 15, 2022–A riverfront marina-restaurant complex proposal was recently given conditional site plan approval by the City of Apalachicola Planning and Zoning Commission on August 8, 2022. The marina proposal includes a fueling station and 76 vessel slips (28 slips for boat 40-54 ft). Georgia Ackerman, Apalachicola Riverkeeper addressed …

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Clean Water Act Turns 50

2022 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act — one of the most effective U.S. laws ever enacted and a model for clean water laws across the globe. By establishing citizens’ right to enforce it, the Clean Water Act served as a powerful tool to end the culture of dumping raw sewage and …

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