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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Riverkeeping and the Coming Post Panamax Tsunami

11:30 AM - 01:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

North Florida TPO Board Room
1022 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL , 32207



Our Sept. 17 luncheon speaker is Lisa Rinaman who has been the St. Johns Riverkeeper since February, 2012. In this role Lisa is the chief advocate and the public's voice for the river.

Hundreds of years ago, North Florida began as a hub for commerce and transportation, thanks in part to the St. Johns River which plays a critical role in our region's quality of life and our economy. To ensure this great natural resource and oldest form of transportation is protected for generations to come, the St. Johns Riverkeeper was created in 1999 to work on behalf of the community for clean and healthy waters in the St. Johns River, its tributaries and its wetlands through citizen-based advocacy.

 

Our Sept. 17 luncheon speaker is Lisa Rinaman who has been the St. Johns Riverkeeper since February, 2012.  In this role Lisa is the chief advocate and the public's voice for the river.  She will talk about the origins of the Riverkeeper which go back to the Middle Ages in England, the role today of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, and her continuing efforts to educate the media and the public and raise awareness of important river-related issues.   Balancing the river's environmental needs with the region's economic needs is a constant challenge.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recommended deepening the channel to 47 feet so Jacksonville can be one of the ports to compete in the hottest global shipping market - container cargo ships which will increase in size with an expanded Panama Canal in 2014. 

 

Lisa is a former senior staff member for Jacksonville Mayors John Delaney and John Peyton and has extensive experience building consensus around issues and helped implement numerous environmental initiatives and policies. She played a key role in securing state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city's successful Manatee Protection Plan and pushing for programs necessary to fulfill the River Accord restoration plan for the lower St. Johns River.

 

Meeting Info:                    Board Room, North Florida TPO, 1022 Prudential Drive (ample parking available) 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Price:                                     $15 members; $25 nonmembers; Walk-ins add $5; reservation deadline Monday noon, Sept. 16.                

 

Click here for more information and to RSVP  Reservations close September 16. 

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