Swim Guide

St. Mary’s River now part of the free Swim Guide app Is it safe to get in the water? For those who enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking and boating along the beautiful St. Mary’s River, the answer is as easy as “green” for “go” or “red” for “no” with the free Swim Guide app. Developed by […]

Living Shoreline: Old Town Fernandina Oyster Reef

July update — SPAT Abounds Two months after deploying the second groups of traps, we have evidence of success! Baby oysters- knowns as “spat” have taken hold all over the host shells. The reef is off to a great start!   Much appreciation to Burbank Trawlmakers for the deeply discounted crab trap floats! We had […]

Camden-2021 St. Marys River Cleanup

Karen Chisholm Temple Landing Jen Fabrick, Gabriela Simmons, Sandy Paquin, Charles Simmons, Jennie Woodley, Kori Paquin, Brian Johnson, Janie Johnson, Craig Plumer, Carol Plumer Craig Plumer, Sandy Paquin, Carol Plumer, Kori Paquin, Gabriela Simmons From left to right, Janie Johnson, Brian Johnson dragging the trash out behind a truck driven by Craig Plumer. The blue […]

Nassau County – 2021 St. Marys River Clean Up

Nassau County In Nassau County alone, 138 of the participating volunteers cleaned up 3.8 tons of litter from 13 sites. From Dee Dee Bartles Boat Ramp on the north end of Fernandina Beach, to the Shave Bridge, to Lofton Creek, Goffinsville Park in Yulee, King’s Ferry in Hilliard and other sites, they joined together to […]

2021 River Clean Up

More than 250 volunteers contributed more than 570 service hours to make it happen, and as a result more than 8 tons of trash and debris were pulled from the St. Mary’s River and surrounding areas on Saturday, April 24, during the 23rd Annual St. Marys River Clean Up. The Riverkeeper organization is extremely appreciative of […]

Adopt-A-Stream Awards 2021

St. Marys Riverkeeper Lapped Up Awards at Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream 2021 “Confluence” St. Marys Riverkeeper took home multiple awards at this year’s “Confluence 2021” in March, the annual conference of Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream organization. Adopt-A-Stream is the state’s volunteer water quality monitoring program. Volunteers regularly monitor sites and submit data to an online database. The SMRK took […]

St. Marys Riverkeeper Success Story

Camden’s Horsepen Creek is now clear as a bell Every month, Anna Laws pulls on her waterproof boots and steps out of her SUV parked on the side of a road in rural Camden County, GA. The biologist then maneuvers carefully around a homeowner’s barn and newly-created septic hill to access the tall pine forest […]

Escambia Slough

Our water monitoring revealed higher-than-normal levels of E.coli counts at Escambia Slough, which is part of the drainage system for downtown Fernandina Beach, FL, beginning in 2018. In January, 2021, we conducted eDNA tests there and at nearby Egan’s Creek. These showed continued very high counts at Escambia and much lower, but still concerning, counts […]