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The St. Mary's River is a blackwater river which runs 126 miles from its origins in the Okefenokee Swamp to its mouth between Cumberland Island in Georgia and Amelia Island Florida. The St. Mary's River watershed has over 3,000 miles of streams and tributaries, and over 40% of the watershed is comprised of wetlands. Founded in 2016, the St. Mary's Riverkeeper represents over 400 members who are committed to the preservation of our watershed.

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Apalachicola Riverkeeper is dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Apalachicola River and Bay. With support of 1400+ members, Apalachicola Riverkeeper advocates on behalf of the Apalachicola River and Bay. The 106-mile Apalachicola River meanders from Chattahoochee, Florida to the Gulf of Mexico in the Panhandle. It is Florida’s largest river in volume. Its ecosystem includes 112,000 acres of forested floodplain and 280 square miles of estuarine habitat. The Apalachicola River is a significant source of freshwater flow and natural, life-sustaining nutrients into the Eastern Gulf.

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Calusa Waterkeeper, headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, is dedicated to the protection of the waters within our 1,000 square mile jurisdiction including the Caloosahatchee River & Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor and Estero Bay, through education, advocacy, and litigation where necessary.

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Collier County Waterkeeper is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waters. Southwest Florida is home to some of the most pristine beaches, and most delicious fresh seafood in the world. CCWK works to maintain these idyllic scenes, delicate ecosystems and crystal clear waters through frequent testing, lobbying, and promoting sustainability.

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Emerald Coastkeeper is based on Pensacola and monitors four watersheds in the Florida panhandle. Their mission is to investigate, educate, and protect our ring tot swimmable fishable, drinkable water.

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The Indian River Lagoon is the most diverse estuary in North America. Home to protected and endangered fish, mammals, reptiles and plants, this saltwater estuary stretches 156 miles from Palm Beach County to north of Cape Canaveral. Bridging temperate and tropical zones it is home for over 4,000 plant and animal species. The Indian Riverkeeper patrols the watershed, documents pollution, educates the public, agencies and elected officials and fights for protection.

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Lake Worth Waterkeeper is dedicated to the Lake Worth Lagoon and its watershed, considered the northern extent of the Everglades it has endured significant change throughout history. Once a land locked freshwater lake connected by aquifer, the lagoon was changed into a coastal estuary a hundred years ago when inlets and canals were built changing its connection. This brings a unique management opportunity because we are effectively engineering a habitat from scratch.

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The mission of the Matanzas Riverkeeper is to protect the health of the Matanzas River and its watershed through advocacy, education, and community engagement. The Matanzas River is especially unique running through downtown St. Augustine with two historic forts on its banks and a thriving estuarine ecosystem where the water is clean enough to harvest oysters from. Our work includes everything from advocating for stronger water quality protections to teaching children and adults alike how to be good stewards of our environment.

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Miami Waterkeeper’s mission is to defend, protect, and preserve South Florida’s watershed through citizen engagement and community action rooted in sound science and research. We work to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. Through our efforts, we support a vibrant and resilient South Florida coastal community and environment for future generations. Our core issues include clean water, ecosystem protection, and resiliency. Serving our population of more than 4.5 million people across Miami-Dade and Broward counties, our approach combines education and outreach, scientific research, advocacy, and when necessary, legal action.

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PMWK’s mission is simple: Preserve and protect water quality and ecological integrity in the watersheds and estuaries of the Peace and Myakka Rivers of Florida. Sounds easy, but in those watersheds are tens of thousands of acres in agriculture, with little or no regulation of nutrient pollution, and the phosphate industry, which has strip-mined over 700 square miles of Florida native habitat and agricultural land. The estuarine portions of this jurisdiction are losing seagrass at an alarming rate, and are testing high in nitrogen. Fish populations are plummeting.

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St. Johns Riverkeeper is an environmental advocacy non-profit organization that serves to defend the St. Johns River and advocate for its protection. As a "watchdog" for our River's nearly 9,000 square-mile Watershed, we'll go wherever our River needs an independent voice. We tackle many issues for the St. Johns River, and accomplish our mission by educating and empowering citizens to help us protect it. We Investigate pollution problems, such as toxic algae blooms we might see, we Advocate for policy change to seek sensible, holistic policy and solutions for clean water, we Educate the public by providing information to raise awareness about these issues, and we Activate others to get involved.

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