For more than 8 years, St. Johns Riverkeeper has sought a balanced approach to JAXPORT’s project to deepen the St. Johns that would protect our River. We have strived to make sure the project is fully vetted and sufficient mitigation is in place to offset the negative impacts. Unfortunately, the deep dredge is underway and putting our river and our community at risk. With sea levels rising and a warming planet, the dredging only makes us more vulnerable to saltwater intrusion, toxic algal blooms and future, more frequent storms.
Despite these risks, the Jacksonville City Council has been asked to provide $70 million to this project. It is critical that our elected leaders do not ignore the projected damage and ensure that safeguards are in place.
Contact your City Council Member today and ask them to:
- Require protective mitigation projects to offset the negative impacts of the deep dredge and make our community more resilient.
- Hold an overdue public hearing to discuss the pros and cons of the deep dredge.
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