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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Honoring Black History Month

By Georgia Ackerman In honoring Black History Month, here are a few of the items we’ve been reading and listening to at Apalachicola Riverkeeper recently. Do you have some items or ideas to share related to our on-going justice, equity, diversity and inclusion work? Please share them with us. Your input is valued. At the …

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Support the Safe Waterways Act

SSWA SB 604 will be heard Monday, February 7 before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Support the bill with an email HERE. Residents and tourists come to Florida’s iconic waters for recreation and enjoyment. Unfortunately, 9,000 miles of rivers and streams and nearly 1 million acres of coastal estuaries are known (by Florida Department …

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Look out for the true snowbirds

By Doug Alderson, Director of Outreach & Advocacy The true snowbirds have arrived—migratory birds! Recently, along the St. George Island public beach near the lighthouse, several snowbirds were seen. They included the western willet, a long-legged bird with a long straight bill. Western willets are winter visitors who feed in the swash zone for mole …

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A Chilly but Fun Chipola Watershed Cleanup

By Doug Alderson, Apalachicola Riverkeeper Director of Outreach & Advocacy Eight people braved cold temperatures on Saturday, January 22nd, to clean up three launch areas in the Chipola watershed in Jackson County: Magnolia Bridge, Spring Creek launch, and Yancey Bridge. The Spring Creek launch area was the most challenging with a significant amount of trash …

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UPDATE: Oil and Gas Drilling, Cholla Permits Expire

Updated by Georgia Ackerman, Riverkeeper and Executive Director January 2 2022– The 6 oil and gas drilling permits issued to Cholla Petroleum by FLDEP have expired. No drilling activities have occurred to date. It is not anticipated that new permits will be sought. Apalachicola Riverkeeper will continue to monitor oil and gas prospecting in the …

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