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Travelogue: Save the St. Johns Day Final Day

Day 13 - sunrise at Huguenot

Day 13, Sunday, April 3

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

Day 13 began with a beautiful sunrise overlooking the shoreline where the St. Johns River meets the ocean. The Tour Team camped with family, friends and volunteers along the river at Huguenot Memorial Park, enjoying the final morning before jumping into kayaks.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 12

Day 12 - heading to the Atlantic

Day 12, Saturday, April 2

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

On Saturday, Day 12, the weather didn’t want to cooperate for the first time on the tour and we had to cancel the flotilla from Sadler Point Marina on the Ortega to Jacksonville University; however, the rain and lightning soon subsided and we were able to make it just in time for the Science Roundtable at Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute and the location of the St. Johns Riverkeeper offices.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 11

Day 11 -2

Day 11, Friday, April 1

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

Our first stop on the tour today brought us to Doctors Lake Marina, a marina that has had difficult times over the years as algae blooms and other water quality problems have impacted their business. Rusty Gardener of Boat Florida Rentals spoke with Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman today about the impact of pollution on his business and about the blooms that have shut down marina activity.

Next, the tour team headed to Julington Creek for lunch and a community Meet-and-Greet at Julington Creek Fish Camp. When we arrived at the dock, several news stations were there to interview Rinaman about the recent announcement that St. Johns Riverkeeper filed a legal challenge to the state permit for the proposed dredging project in Jacksonville. Rinaman explained that the permit does not protect the St. Johns from the damage that would be caused by dredging and tributaries like Julington Creek stand to be impacted the most.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 10

Day 10 - credit Robert Storm Burks

Day 10, Thursday, March 31

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

Crystal Cove Marina, overlooking the St. Johns River in Palatka, provided a beautiful backdrop for a live remote interview at sunrise with Lisa Rinaman for a local morning show. Shortly after, we hit the water with chemist Dr. Lucy Sonneberg, the director of the Millar Wilson Chemical Laboratory at Jacksonville University, and Robert Burks, an environmental scientist and ecologist, to discuss sampling methods and the results of a recent biological study conducted to evaluate the potential impacts of the Georgia-Pacific pipeline. Our team learned more about how samples are taken and the need for more monitoring to get to the bottom of the biological changes that have apparently occurred since the installation of the pipeline.

Travelogue: Save the St. Johns River Day 9

Day 9 - Ocklawaha below the dam-15

Day 9, Wednesday, March 30

By Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director

Today, the Tour Team paddled an eight mile section of the lower Ocklawaha River from the Kirkpatrick Dam to a takeout at Highway 19. Before taking to the water, Putnam County Environmental Council members explained the impacts of the dam on the river and why restoration would be so beneficial to the Ocklawaha, the springs, the St. Johns River and the local economy.