Monday, October 25, 2021

Virtual Auction Nov. 5 & 6, Legal Update, RiverTrek Rescheduled and More!

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Virtual Auction November 5-6

Each year, our Silent Auction raises funds that are crucial to sustaining the mission of Apalachicola Riverkeeper. It is a fantastic opportunity for friends and supporters to bid on outdoor experiences, recreational items, artwork, collectibles, jewelry, and one-week beach escapes and/or overnight stays at vacation properties along the Forgotten Coast. Bidding starts at 9 AM on Friday, November 5th. Learn more here.
Appeal Filed in Corps Lawsuit

Together with conservation partners Florida Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation, Apalachicola Riverkeeper will continue the legal challenge to the USACE's water control manual update. Earthjustice represents us. The water control manual dictates how water of the ACF Rivers Basin is managed for decades to come. Separately, the State of Alabama is also continuing their legal challenge to the the USACE's updated manual. The USACE must fully consider their water management impacts on the Apalachicola River and Bay system and comply with federal laws. Learn more.
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. This is a legal concept recognizing the inherent right of humans to clean, safe water in healthy ecosystems. Submit your petition by Nov 30. Learn more.
Exploring the Apalachicola Basin
Eco-educational outings offer a fun, memorable experience for all involved. Upcoming outings include a field trip with the Florida Native Plant Society and hikes on the Garden of Eden Trail and in Torreya State Park. Read about a recent joint outing with Outdoor Afro Tallahassee on Merritt's Mill Pond in Jackson County.
RiverTrek Rescheduled
Due to foul weather and a rapidly rising river, our annual Apalachicola RiverTrek was rescheduled to November 10-14. Undaunted, many of the rivertrekkers and Apalachicola Riverkeeper volunteers recently camped together at Hickory Landing for some paddling, boating and music. Read a blog by RiverTrekker Whitney Sanford.
Slough Restoration Project
This month at various points around Lake Seminole where the Flint and Chattahoochee converge above the Woodruff Dam, we took a series of soil and water samples. This will help to identify unique properties flowing into the Apalachicola River main channel riverbed. More on the Slough Restoration Project.
Apalachicola Bay System Initiative
The ABSI mission is to gain insight into the root causes of decline of the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem with a focus on oyster reefs, and ultimately, with guidance from the Community Advisory Board and input from stakeholders and the public, to develop science-informed restoration and ecosystem-based management plans focused on the recovery of oyster reefs and the health of Apalachicola Bay. Read recent ABSI newsletter.
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Apalachicola Riverkeeper is located at 301 Market Street, at Scipio Creek Marina
The office is open by appointment.

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