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Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 8

Day 8 - Silver River-ocklawaha-2

Day 8, Tuesday, March 29

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

We started out our day with a meeting at Silver Springs State Park with numerous environmental leaders that included Guy Marwick, executive director of the Felburn Foundation; Dr. Katie Tripp with Save the Manatee; Thomas Hawkins, executive director of Florida Defenders of the Environment; Dr. Robert Knight, executive director of the Florida Springs Institute; and Robin Lewis, wetland scientist and president of Lewis Environmental Services.

We discussed the major pollution problems and threats impacting the health of our springs, the solutions to these problems, the benefits of restoring the Ocklawaha, and how we can all work together to protect our imperiled water resources.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 7

Day 7 - entering the Ocklawha River

Day 7, Monday, March 28

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

We began the day with a warm send-off from the generous and hospitable residents of Drayton Island who hosted our group in their homes and nourished us with a delicious Easter dinner and hearty breakfast before we departed.

On the water, we were joined by Sam Carr and Ken Mahaffey with the Bartram Trails in Putnam County. Both are locals with tremendous pride in their river and its heritage; they showed us numerous sites along the river that the famous naturalist William Bartram visited and wrote about in the 1700s, including Mount Royal, Welaka Spring, Satsuma Spring, Spalding’s Lower Store and Rollestown.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 6

Day 6 - entering Silver Glen Springs run from Lake George

Day 6, Sunday, March 27

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

On Day 6, the Tour Team departed DeLand and headed north, passing the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and Lake Dexter. Bald eagles and osprey lined many of the trees we passed. Houseboaters were common in this area and it is a great place to relax and watch the river.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 4

Day 4 - Econ

Day 4, Friday, March 25

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

Today, we ventured off the main stem of the St. Johns River to explore the Econlockhatchee River, the second largest tributary to the river at 54 miles.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 2

Day 2 - Camp Holly at US-192 3

Day 2, Wednesday, March 23

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

Our second day on the river brought sunny skies and wide lakes, connected by marshland ideal for airboating. Camp Holly was bursting with tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the many gators common in this stretch of river. The Tour Team reached Lake Washington, the largest lake in Brevard County, on a refreshing and placid day.