Advocates will tour St. Johns River to raise awareness about water usage, pollution


St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman and other river advocates are fighting against the impact of increased water usage from the Central Florida area (and numerous pollution problems) have on the St. Johns River, and now they're taking their advocacy on tour. 

From March 22 to April 3, Rinaman and a team of advocates will travel the 310-mile long journey from the St. Johns River headwaters to the Atlantic Ocean. The environmental advocacy organization is calling it the "Save the St. Johns 2016 River Tour," according to a press release

"Our goal is to raise awareness about the urgent threats facing our river and engage and activate people and organizations throughout the watershed in a collaborative campaign to save the St. Johns," the release says. 

The organization says the St. Johns River is at a "critical crossroads," regarding the toll on it from nearby population increases and pollution from "fertilizer runoff, poorly treated municipal and industrial wastewater, and failing septic tanks."

"Numerous looming threats, such as massive surface water withdrawals in Central Florida and dredging in Jacksonville, only stand to make matters worse, threatening the future of our state's only American Heritage River," the release says. 

The tour will be stopping in Central Florida on March 24 for an event at the Imperial Wine Bar in Sanford and on March 26 for a paddle down the Wekiva River. 

If you would like to learn more about the trip, click here

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