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

Shout Out to St Johns County

St. Johns County has joined us in opposition to seismic airgun testing. At their April 1st meeting, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed to help protect marine mammals, coastal fisheries and our coastal communities.  Thank you to Chairman Morris and the St. Johns County Commission for taking action.  Good news from St. Augustine Beach, too!

No Seismic Airgun testing off our coasts

Read Matanzas Riverkeeper's recent editorial in the St Augustine Record.  Let’s protect Florida’s coastal communities and the creatures that inhabit and share our ocean.

Take Action: Please email Gary Goeke (GGEIS@boem.gov) at
BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Mgmt).  Ask the BOEM to cancel plans for seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic coast.  The comment period ended April 7.  Read the statement: Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS)

Locally, the St. Johns Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to oppose this issue at its April 1 meeting.  Thanks for Standing with us in opposition!  Keep the Dolphins Singing

Protect the Atlantic from Seismic Testing

from the Surfrider Foundation:

The federal government is deciding right now whether to allow seismic airgun blasting across 330,000 square miles of ocean from Delaware to Florida.

Hanging in the balance is the future health of our marine ecosystem.

Click here to take action

According to the government's own estimates, seismic testing could injure 130,000 whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals over the next eight years.

The blasts from seismic airguns have been shown to interfere with the mating, feeding, communication, and migration activities of numerous species, including the endangered Right Whale.  The tests could also impact millions of other animals throughout the Atlantic ocean.


Thanks to our good friends at Public Trust Law

Read their latest 'March Madness' newsletter, describing all they do to protect the waters and public lands of NE Florida. Earlier this year, Public Trust Law Environmental Legal Institute of Florida welcomed back Neil Armingeon with a HALO award. 
View their video of the new Matanzas Riverkeeper's remarks December, 2013 at Genung's Fish Camp.
Much gratitude to our many supporters who joined in 2013 and since through our website.  Together we are building a foundation "to protect the Matanzas River from development, pollution and sea level rise".

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