Blue Green Algae Progress Report

Blue Green Algae Task Force Recommendation Progress Report In January of 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 19-12 creating the Blue-Green Algae Task Force (BGATF) charged with expediting progress towards reducing the adverse impacts of toxic blue-green algae blooms. In October of 2019, the Task Force issued an initial consensus document outlining recommendations to …

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Graham Creek Reflections

By Georgia Ackerman July 24, 2022–Many moons ago, long before I was on staff with Apalachicola Riverkeeper (circa 2009), the first Apalachicola Riverkeeper (ARK) kayak trip I joined was a Graham Creek outing led by the talented outdoorsman and all around good guy, David Morse. If you’ve been to one of our clean ups, you’ve …

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Celebrating Clean Beaches & Independence Day

July 8, 2022- With festivities in Eastpoint, Carrabelle, Apalachicola and St. George Island, Franklin County takes its Fourth of July celebrations seriously. Attending a municipal show is a memorable way to celebrate Independence Day. Not only does it make sure your friends and family keep all their fingers and toes from DIY pyrotechnics gone wrong, …

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Pass the Paddle

We’re so excited to introduce the RiverTrek 2022 Team! Check out this video with the RiverTrek paddlers telling us a bit about who they are and why they’re kayaking the entirety of the Apalachicola River! Please join us in support of this wonderful team of volunteers working to protect the Apalachicola River, Floodplain and Bay. …

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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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