Welcome to the Northeast Florida Sierra Club!
The Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to Enjoying, Exploring and Protecting the Planet. We are the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
Our local Northeast Florida Group organizes and participates in outdoor adventures, environmental education, and local environmental activities. We also lobby our local and state government for pro-environmental policy and legislation. We have over 1,200 members in Duval, St. Johns, and northeast Clay Counties in Florida.
In Jacksonville, we meet on the second Monday of each month, 7 pm (6:30 for social time).
In Ponte Vedra Beach, we meet on the first Monday of each month, 6:00 pm.
We conduct hikes, kayak trips, and other outdoor activities several times each month.
Check the calendar below or check our Meetup site for program and outing details.
2015 Legislative Wrap Up
See a summary of the Florida Legislature actions on emvironmental issues written by our lobbyist, Dave Cullen.
Water Wars Public Forum
Wednesday, July 29 @ 6 pm
The River House at Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville 32211
See JU Campus Map (River House is #54 on map)
St. Johns Riverkeeper is hosting this forum to raise awareness about the proposed massive water withdrawals from the St. Johns River and to engage the community in a public dialogue about this critical issue.
Speakers will include Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper, and Dr. Quinton White, Jr., Executive Director of JU's Marine Science Research Institute.
In May 2015, the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) released the Draft Regional Water Supply Plan and 2035 Water Resources Protection and Water Supply Strategies Plan to address future steps toward meeting the water supply needs of Central Florida. Unfortunately, these plans rely heavily on surface water withdrawals from the St. Johns and not enough on proven, cost-effective conservation strategies. Of the projected 250 million gallon per day (mgd) water deficit in this region, only 37 mgd is estimated to come from conservation initiatives.
If you do plan to attend, there is a great pub with good food in The River House at JU where the forum will be held. Come early, beat the traffic, and grab a bite with us before the event.
Controversial water permit for ranch operation wins state approval
By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
A water permit linked to the declining health of Silver Springs and fiercely opposed by a broad coalition of environmentalists and Central Florida residents was approved Tuesday by state regulators. (From your web editor - It's a shameful day when we give up 1.5 million gallons of spring water per day to a Canadian billionaire!)
The St. Johns River isn't the only river in the River City! Metro Jacksonville's Kristen Pickrell takes a look at Jacksonville's other rivers, while sharing interesting facts about each.
A More Diverse Sierra Club
"The question is: tokenism versus real systematic change, and we at the Sierra Club have embarked on real systemic change," Sierra Club president Aaron Mair told Politico after his recent election. The green movement's dearth of diversity has long drawn criticism, and critics say the movement still has a lot to prove. Read the entire article here.
Need community service hours? Need some time outdoors and want to help make a difference? Then join Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation and the City of Jacksonville this summer for "Friday Mornings in JaxParks" volunteer projects! Click here for more info.
From the North Florida Land Trust:
Read about the research being done on diamondback terrapins by North Florida Land Trust's Biological Technician, Jonathan Taylor. In a personal account of his experience, Jonathan takes us through his day to day interaction with terrapins and their nests, and what it is like to live and work in direct observation of the "marvelous marsh."
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