Blue Crab Research in Apalachicola Bay by Dan Tonsmeire

Dr. Andy Gannon, of Birmingham-Southern College, is conducting a research project in the Apalachicola Bay to study how changing salinity patterns in the Apalachicola Estuary are affecting Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) populations, including their migration patterns, recruitment, parasite load, survival and reproduction. Apalachicola Riverkeeper is providing some initial coordination and episodic boat support. This study …

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Dan Tonsmeire, our Apalachicola Riverkeeper since 2004, to retire

Dear Members and Friends, Earlier this year, our tireless leader and man-in-perpetual motion, Dan Tonsmeire, let us know that he would like to retire. For a while, we pretended not to hear him and simply hoped the feeling would pass. Unfortunately, it didn’t. As a result, the board of directors has been working for some …

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Day One Rivertrek 2017

Means Creek, Day One Rivertrek 2017, by Harley Means We met the Rivertrek group at the confluence of Means Creek and the Apalachicola River. The group hiked up a limestone escarpment and headed east. Along the way we observed limestone cropping out near the surface and saw several sinkholes as we neared the caves. At …

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Environmental groups oppose new county and state permits for drilling in Calhoun County

For Immediate Release September 25, 2017 Contact: Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper 850.653.8936 Environmental groups oppose new county and state permits for drilling in Calhoun County Apalachicola, FL – Florida environmentalists are weighing in on a proposal to drill for oil in Florida’s Apalachicola Basin.  The application by Spooner Petroleum of Ridgeland Mississippi, seeks approval to …

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The Origins of RiverTrek by Earl Morrogh

As Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s 2017 RiverTrek prepares for its October launch, former board member Earl Morrogh talks about the how he conceived and executed the very first such trip. Although October mornings in northwest Florida are typically cool and dry, this particular mid-October day in 2009 had dawned warm and moist.  Heavy fog obscured the opposite …

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Protecting the Apalachicola – A National Treasure

We could not simply sit by as this incredible ecosystem was pushed to the brink.” The National Wildlife Federation is fighting to protect the Apalachicola River. Read the story here http://blog.nwf.org/2017/05/protecting-the-apalachicola-a-national-treasure/

The Apalachicola—More Than a Name

By Doug Alderson Perhaps fog is the perfect symbol for adventure. You can’t see far ahead. Obstacles come into view quickly—shoals, islands, rocks, bridges, rusted heaps of steam ships along the opposite shore. Stop for a moment and your companions are lost in the mist. Only their excited voices carry. Swallowing fog. Engulfing. That’s how …

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To Save a River

By Jim McClellan There’s a stand of willows at the south end of Iamonia Lake, an oxbow off the Apalachicola River. The willows are right in the middle of the channel and if you’re driving a boat on that stretch, you have to choose right or left. One way takes you to the river; the …

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2The Keeper

By: Robyn Parrish-Hill It beckons to me whispering, “Come and see. Come and see.” I am drawn to this life force, intoxicated by the beauty that Mother Nature has so lovingly created. My words are silenced by the sweet song of the gentle waves that caress the shore. Echoes of the past slowly creep around …

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