Waterkeepers From Around the World Meet in DC

June 21, 2022–Apalachicola Riverkeeper is part of Waterkeepers Florida and the international Waterkeeper Alliance. With your steadfast support, we’re collectively protecting drinkable, swimmable, fishable water across the planet! DC. I was energized by last week’s global conference in Washington D.C. I was especially encouraged by the time spent with fellow Florida waterkeepers discussing collaborative water …

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Juneteenth Reflection

June 19, 2022–What Does Freedom Mean to You? From Outdoor Afro “Media created a false narrative of what Juneteenth is by painting it as a “celebration” to the end of slavery in the United States. In reality, it is the date 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free on June 19, …

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Field Notes-Slough Restoration Spring 2022

June 16, 2022–Lidar bathymetric surveys continued this spring as a component of Apalachicola Riverkeeper multiyear slough restoration project. This type of survey measures the depth of a water body and maps its underwater features. As river levels dropped enough, we were able to visit several sloughs connected to the Chipola and Apalachicola Rivers in late …

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Cooling off on the Chipola River

June 4, 2022 – Seven paddlers on today’s eco-educational outing set out to explore the first 10 miles of Florida’s Chipola River Paddling Trail. The Chipola River flows nearly 92 miles through northwest Florida’s “Karst” region, terminating at the Apalachicola River. The area’s beautiful limestone topography of hills, bluffs, caves, and springs has been carved out …

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Apalachicola Riverkeeper celebrates a year’s worth of Mill Pond Cleanups

June 3, 2002 -Last summer the City of Apalachicola reached out to local organizations, asking them to adopt local parks. Apalachicola Riverkeeper adopted Mill Pond nearly a year ago last June. Now every fourth Friday of each month, Apalachicola Riverkeeper volunteers and staff start their days off right with some local community stewardship. This past …

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Katie Herzog Memorial Scholarships Awarded

May 24, 2022–Congratulations to the 2022 Katie Herzog–Apalachicola Riverkeeper educational scholarship winners. The recipients are Savannah “Sage” Brennan, Myia Maxwell and Annie Smith, all graduates of Franklin County School (FCS). The students will each receive $2000 toward college tuition. Sage, Myia and Annie, along with family members, joined the Apalachicola Riverkeeper staff and selection committee …

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Sweet Turnout at Ice Cream Social

May 12, 2022—With nearly 80 people turning out, Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s Ice Cream Social at Goodwood Museum and Gardens was especially energizing after two years of virtual ice cream socials. While our (pandemic) web-based gatherings were quite fun, complete with a creative sundae competition, it was wonderful seeing everyone today spread out under the oak trees …

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Thank You Chelsea Salon & Spa!

May 10, 2022–Chelsea Salon and Spa, an Aveda salon, in Tallahassee has been a longtime supporter of Apalachicola Riverkeeper. Aveda promotes Earth Month world wide raising funds for both local and international water protection. As part of their April Earth Month activities, the Chelsea stylist team kept change collection jar at their stations. Raffle tickets …

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A Bit of Eden in our Backyard

Posted on March 14, 2022 by Riverkeeper By Doug Alderson, Director of Outreach & Advocacy When someone puts “Garden of Eden” in a name, that’s a lot to live up to. It conjures up images of an earthly paradise of beauty and innocence. On a cool March afternoon, seven intrepid hikers donned more than fig leaves for …

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Chattahoochee Trash Bashing and Wildflower Appreciation

By Doug Alderson, Director of Outreach and Advocacy A hardy group of six trash bashers descended upon River Landing Park in Chattahoochee on Saturday, February 12th. Many thanks to David Hilton, Helena Safron, Fountain Hutchison, Karen Lehnert and her daughter, Sophie Long for coming out. The river was high and we were just able to …

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