The time for Spring cleaning is here again and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and the St. Johns River Keeper got in the mood when Mayor Brown proclaimed last month as St. Johns River Month.
The St. Johns River Keeper’s website stated that March is a great time to explore and celebrate the river.
They are encouraging everyone to adopt ‘river friendly practices’ to reduce our negative impact on the St. Johns.
During the river month, the River Keepers partnered with The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Riverside Avondale Preservations and a variety of garden centers to provide workshops to the citizens of Jacksonville on how to be river friendly. Although many of the citizens of Jacksonville knew and celebrated in St. Johns River Month, many of the students at Jacksonville University were unaware of the proclaimed month.
“I’m a marine science major and had no idea that last month was St. Johns River Month,” said junior, Brett Durda. “Living in Jacksonville, this is something the entire school should have been aware of so we could have participated. I know some organizations participate in river cleanups, but we could have done a lot more if we were aware of the month.”
Although river cleanups are a good way to help clean the river, the St. Johns River Keeper’s website states that protecting the river starts in the homes and businesses of Jacksonville citizens.
Fortunately, according to the website there are many ways to help keep the river clean: planting native and drought-tolerant plants, limiting water usage, using fertilizers and chemicals sparingly and removing litter and debris from the streets and storm drains. The article on the website ended by saying, “It’s time to explore, celebrate and help protect our river.”
For more information on keeping the river clean, visit www.stjohnsriverkeeper.com.