Thursday, January 27, 2011

1/27 - YOUR RIVER!

More fights....and more e-mail notices I get. 
It never ends. Battles from all fronts to protect OUR way and quality of life.

Protect Your River - Stop the Pipeline

Today, we are launching the Cleaner GP awareness campaign to encourage Georgia-Pacific (GP) to abandon its plans to build a pipeline to the St. Johns River and to pursue alternative solutions to its wastewater pollution problems. As part of the campaign, we are asking our members and the public to sign a petition to Governor Rick Scott asking him to require further toxicity testing of Georgia-Pacific’s wastewater and to require GP to find an acceptable alternative that will protect the health of our river. You can access the online petition at:

(please visit link and sign petition, it takes 2 minutes to help save our river from further decline!!)

The Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Palatka has been discharging its wastewater into Rice Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns, since 1947. Unable to meet water quality standards in Rice Creek, Georgia-Pacific (GP) has been proposing a pipeline for over a decade to divert its wastewater into the heart of the St. Johns River. Recently, GP announced that they are ready to begin construction of the pipeline.

Building a pipeline is not a solution to a pollution problem and would be a major setback to the ongoing efforts to restore the health of our river. This will only add additional pollutants to a river that is already sick. We believe that viable alternatives exist that would allow GP to meet water quality standards in Rice Creek, keep jobs in Putnam County , and help protect the St. Johns River.

In fact, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently hired a team of engineers and water-quality experts to analyze the GP study that was used to justify the pipeline. The preliminary findings of the analysis indicate that viable alternatives exist and important questions about the pipeline remain unanswered. The final results of our technical review will be released soon.

We are also pleased to announce that Peter Thliveros (aka Peter "T"), one of bass fishing's elite professional anglers, is participating in the campaign with us. As someone who grew up on the river and makes his living fishing, he has real concerns about the health of the St. Johns and the potential impacts from the pipeline. You can read more about Peter and the campaign at:

(please visit link and sign petition, it takes 2 minutes to help save our river from further decline!!)

Get informed and get involved by contacting Governor Scott. Together, we can stop the pipeline and find a reasonable solution - one that protects our river and everyone downstream (YOU & ME, OUR FISHING!) of the mill who has a stake in this important issue.

For the River,
Your St. Johns Riverkeeper


Nick said...

Has anyone evr mentioned that you are a FUKKEN GENIOUS??? (Attwood hook holder) NO one on the whole ocean woulda ever thought of THIS!!! YOU ARE DA MAN!!!!

Capt. Dave Sipler - JETTYWOLF said...'s been done before. The problem is the rod manufactures. And right there in front of them is a simple solution.