December 2022

Sharing the story of the Apalachicola River Basin is a significant part of our work at Apalachicola Riverkeeper. We want everyone to know the importance of the Apalachicola River, Floodplain, and Apalachicola Bay and to seek its long-term restoration and protection for many generations to come. Your steadfast support makes it all possible.  Thank you! Let’s continue to share our Apalachicola River stories with others so everyone works to protect it!

Below are some highlights of our 2022 efforts that are possible because of you. I hope you will renew your commitment to the work of Apalachicola Riverkeeper in 2023 with an end-of-year donation. Click HERE to donate. 

Advanced our multi-year Slough Restoration Project at Douglas Slough, Spiders Cut and East River.  This will restore river flow to the floodplain and onto the bay during times of low river flows.

Prevented tons of trash and debris from reaching the water of the Apalachicola River and Bay during the annual Coastal Clean-Up and numerous public boat ramp and park clean ups.

Continued Water Quality Monitoring including microplastics sampling led by dedicated volunteers.

Enhanced Eco-educational Outings throughout the Apalachicola River Basin with emphasis on ecology and regional history thanks to volunteer leaders.

Strengthened advocacy partnership with 14 other Florida Waterkeepers to improve state water quality policies and to ensure drinkable, fishable, swimmable water for all Floridians.

Conducted educational boating trips for community leaders, elected officials, and others to foster a broader understanding of the connectivity of the Apalachicola River and Bay system.

Maintained River Patrol efforts and visual survey monitoring.

Awarded the Katie Herzog Scholarship to three Franklin County students.

Continued our legal challenge to the Army Corps of Engineers’ water control manual which is used to manage the freshwater flow from upstream reservoirs. We continue to work with conservation allies on related issues.

Led our 15th Annual RiverTrek public outreach and fundraising campaign. This dedicated group of volunteers spent months working in their respective communities raising both funds and awareness for the protection of the Apalachicola River. We are so thankful for the many people who worked to achieve this.

Thanks to you, Apalachicola Riverkeeper remains actively committed to its mission.  Please consider a year-end contribution to support our continued work to protect and restore the Apalachicola River. Gift memberships are also a thoughtful way to recognize a loved one. Click HERE to donate. 

Let’s continue building on Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s nearly 25 years of unwavering efforts to protect and restore Florida’s Apalachicola River and Bay. Wishing you all the best in 2023!

For the River and Bay,

Georgia Ackerman

Riverkeeper and Executive Director



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