About Matanzas Riverkeeper

One of the newest Riverkeepers in America's oldest city! Building on decades of community effort, Matanzas Riverkeeper fights to protect and defend the remarkable Matanzas River Watershed. We're a proud member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Contact Name: Neil A. Armingeon, Matanzas Riverkeeper
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Category: Common Interest > Current Events

Images from the March for Ocean Justice

Thanks to Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club & all the groups and concerned citizens that joined the March for Ocean Justice on March 7th.

Much love our my brothers and sisters at Environmental Youth Council.   Jorge, thanks to you and FirstCoast.tv for beautiful video coverage of the speakers + march.

More beautiful memories of a great day from Danielle Fountain Photography ~ March for Ocean Justice 2015

Matanzas Inlet surfers, engage. What is Seismic Testing?


NO drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic coast

It's time to march for the health of the Atlantic and all coastal rivers. March with us in St. Augustine on March 7.


Matanzas Riverkeeper was proud to join Holly Parker, Florida Regional Coordinator for Surfrider Foundation, leaders and members from Sierra Club and Oceana for a rally hosted by Surfrider-Foundation-Florida-Chapter-Network.

We gathered February 19th in the cold outside the Hyatt Riverfront to say NO to expanded oil and gas drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a public meeting inside to accept comments on their proposal to expanded oil and gas drilling to much of the Atlantic coast.

Basically, oil and gas Reps are holding a fancy press event to say how safe and profitable oil and gas will be for Florida.

Among the other PUBLIC who showed up... a group of Oil and Gas Industry lackeys gathered to complain about the omission of Florida from a proposed federal plan to conduct offshore oil and natural gas exploration between 2017 and 2022.   The groups called for federal leaders to INCLUDE Florida in the proposed leasing plan.

These people WANT OIL AND GAS DRILLING AND SESIMIC BLASTING TO OCCUR OFF NORTHEAST FLORIDA'S COAST!!  Don't believe the lies.   Say NO to expanded oil and gas drilling and seismic testing off the Atlantic coast.

Register your comments with Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) onlineThe public comment period for the scoping process runs from January 29, 2015 through March 30, 2015.  Read more: Cory Lopez in the Palm Beach Post.  Commentary: Oil drilling near Florida’s Atlantic coast not worth risk

Oil drilling = death for Florida's coasts

First Coast Tv interviews Bill Belleville

A lot of folks turned out to hear this important message about developing a 'sense of place'.  "The universal message, that blue or water has many forms...and to be aware of that, we should take a close look at the health of this great resource"

If you missed his talk, or want to hear more, you can watch this interview with Florida's environmental writer and  documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville by Jorge Rivera. 

Call your Senator NOW to STOP New Offshore Drilling

The U.S. Senate could seal the fate of our oceans and coasts any minute now.  Don't let your senators vote before you have your say! 

Senators Tillis and Burr, both from North Carolina, have offered an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S.1) that would expand oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast, from Delaware to Florida. This new drilling could prove a massive threat to our oceans, coasts and marine wildlife.

Find the phone number of your Senator’s office and talking points provided by Oceana.  CALL ! and PLEASE share!

More information of our community's efforts on Seismic Testing.

Thanks for your words!

Great column on the Matanzas River by Ron Littlepage

Matanzas River is an environmental jewel worth protecting

"Armingeon calls the Matanzas “the last, best river in Florida.”  That’s a statement he can back up when challenged.

The river’s water is clean enough that harvesting oysters and clams is allowed.  The reason for the good water quality is that much of the river’s 186-square-mile watershed is undeveloped, and one-third of that is in public ownership, which will provide additional protection in the years to come.

Add to the river’s water quality the fact that the tributaries flowing into it — Pellicer, Moses and Stiles creeks — are a paddler’s paradise."  Source: FL Times Union,  November 10, 2014  Read a reprint of the full article here

Read News about Miami port dredging legal settlement and Saving our Forests alert.

Moses Creek in morning light

We all own Moses Creek Preserve!!

More beauty from the Matanzas as seen by the soulful Walter Coker

Keep in Touch

201 Owens Avenue

St Augustine, FL 32080

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(904) 471-9878 


March 2015
Thursday 5th
10am Alpine Groves Kayak
Saturday 7th
10am Alpine Groves Kayak
11:30am March for Ocean Justice
Friday 20th
10am Trout Creek Kayak
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