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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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SAY NO TO SEISMIC TESTING!

Thanks to Fernando Bernall and Jorge Rivera from FirstCoast.TV for this great video of Wednesday's protest, and to the brothers and sisters at Environmental Youth Council St. Augustine for their FB post!

Our gathering opposing Seismic Testing & Offshore Drilling

Five permit applications for seismic airgun testing off St. Augustine, and Florida’s east coast, have been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The Matanzas Riverkeeper held a news event on Wednesday, October 22 at the foot of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine to discuss the applications.  The event was covered in the Bahamas and by Jacksonville's News4Jax.com.   You can view photos of the protest by photographer Walter Coker at Folio Weekly online.

In addition, candidates for governor and attorney general have been sent questions about their positions on oil and gas drilling off Florida's east coast, and that effort were discussed at the gathering.  Candidate responses to our letter and all continuing news on these permits will be posted here so check back for updates. 

Hunter Miller, President of St. Augustine’s Environmental Youth Council, notes, “This is a call to action to oppose seismic testing; it is the most significant issue facing our community and the state of Florida. We need to know candidates’ positions on offshore drilling before we vote!

Opponents to seismic testing cite impact on tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, and marine ecosystems, including injury or death to potentially thousands of dolphins and whales, including the endangered Right Whale. Seismic testing is a precursor to oil and gas exploration which some regard as a dirty and dangerous practice that threatens the health of the oceans, rivers, and the economies of coastal communities.

Despite 15 public forums, several comment periods, and tens of thousands of citizens urging cancellation of the plans, last July, BOEM, with the Obama administration’s acceptance, approved seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Seismic testing is no longer a hypothetical threat, it is here and realThese applications mean we are one step closer to testing. Our community must work to stop seismic testing and subsequent offshore drilling from destroying our tourism, offshore fisheries, coastal economies, and the marine creatures with whom we share the Atlantic Ocean and Matanzas River.” 
Neil Armingeon, Matanzas Riverkeeper

Matanzas Riverkeeper, along with Friends of Matanzas, Florida Wildlife Federation, South Anastasia Community Association, Environmental Youth Council of St. Augustine, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, and others have opposed seismic testing citing its destructive impact on coastal communities and marine mammals, including endangered Right Whales.  Local governments who have joined the opposition include: St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach and Atlantic Beach in Duval County.

Great News for the Matanzas

We want to acknowledge the generosity of two local organizations who have recently stepped forward to help us protect the Matanzas River.

Matanzas Riverkeeper received a generous donation from the All American Air Charitable Foundation in St. Augustine.  I met with their board, and they support our mission and love the Matanzas River. They want to help MRK maintain our website. The AAA Foundation supports many good causes in our community, and we are are grateful they have chosen to add our names to the groups they support.

Wingard Creative in Jacksonville recently awarded Matanzas Riverkeeper a grant to provide in-kind creative services through The Wishing Well, a pro-bono program that was launched in 2013.  This is a great opportunity to work with a really talented group who support our work, and will help us better reach our community through messaging and outreach.

Thanks to both AAA Foundation and Wingard Creative for their belief in our work.


Moses Creek in morning light



We all own Moses Creek Preserve!!



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

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Office:
201 Owens Avenue

St Augustine, FL 32080

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Events

October 2014
Wednesday 22nd
5pm NO Seismic Testing, NO Rigs in Our Ocean!
November 2014
Saturday 1st
10am Fellow Kayakers and Nature Explorers
Thursday 6th
10am Fellow Kayakers and Nature Explorers
December 2014
Thursday 4th
10am Kayak Durbin Creek, Racetrack Road
Saturday 6th
10am Kayak Durbin Creek, Racetrack Road
November 2014
 
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