Slough Restoration Project: Field Notes, November 2021

Many of the Slough Restoration Project team members spent a few days in the field together in November. Forester John Tracy and hydrologist Scott Walls shared some notes on the work. Here are some photos.   From John Tracy: We had a great opportunity to meet members of the slough restoration project team that we normally …

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The ABSI Community Advisory Board Adopts Framework Plan for the Apalachicola Bay System

By FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory The effort to help Florida’s troubled Apalachicola Bay and its famous oysters cleared a key hurdle on November 16th. The Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI) Community Advisory Board (CAB) unanimously adopted the framework document for the Apalachicola Bay System (ABS) Ecosystem-Based Adaptive Management and Restoration Plan (the Plan). Members …

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Land Conservation: Good news for the Apalachicola River and Floodplain

By Georgia Ackerman, Riverkeeper November 22, 2021-  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has awarded about $33 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to the State of Florida to acquire and manage approximately 32,000 acres of wetlands and floodplain habitat along 38 miles of the Apalachicola River. Counties include Calhoun, Gulf and Liberty.  The …

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Exploring the Apalachicola Lowlands

By Doug Alderson, Apalachicola Riverkeeper Outreach & Advocacy Director To venture into the Apalachicola Lowlands with plant experts such as Guy Anglin is an experience worth savoring. Guy, a botanist/ecologist and member of Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s board of directors, recently organized a field trip with members of Apalachicola Riverkeeper and the Florida Native Plant Society. The …

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UPDATE: Conservation Partners Legal Challenge Continues

October 6, 2021 By Georgia Ackerman, Riverkeeper and Executive Director Conservation partners Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Florida Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation will continue the legal challenge to the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) updated water control manual. Earthjustice filed a notice of appeal in the legal challenge this week. The USACE’s water control manual dictates how …

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Of Dolphins and Jellyfish

Visual surveys are core to “river keeping.” Waterkeepers across the word, including Apalachicola Riverkeeper, spend routine time on the rivers, lakes, streams, floodplains and land of their respective watersheds. During a September boating trip of St. George Sound near the east end of St. George Island, pods of dolphins were numerous. The dolphins appeared to be hunting …

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Floridians Right to Clean Water

Floridians Rights to Clean Water Waterkeepers Florida supports the Florida 5 Initiative to get constitutional amendments added to the ballot for the 2022 election, especially the Right to Clean Water and Wetlands Protection. The right to clean water is a legal concept recognizing the inherent right of humans to clean, safe water in healthy ecosystems. …

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