Cleaning the waters of Floridas St. Johns River

September 12, 2019
Hosted by Rob Moir

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St. Johns (FL) Riverkeeper, Lisa Rinaman talks about cleaning the waters of a river once labeled #6 on a list of America’s Ten Most Endangered Rivers. The new State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin Report looks at water quality, fisheries, aquatic life and contaminants. With the link between excess lawn fertilizing and harmful algal blooms established, FL Friendly landscaping ordinances have been implemented. Nutrient levels have declined. Worsening trends are salinity rising, nonnative species increasing, and much habitat loss. Success for Jacksonville’s Manatee Protection Plan. Improved conditions for manatee, bald eagles, and wood stork. Finfish stocks are sustainable. More work to be done on algal blooms, fecal coliform levels, and to improve grass beds. The St. Johns River is no longer one of America’s endangered rivers and is improving as an amenity for Florida.

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Rob Moir

Rob Moir is director and founder of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir, an educator and scientist, has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as founder of Salem Sound Harbor Monitors & Salem Sound 2000, later president of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he later served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980, an advancement officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and serves today on the boards of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston, Ocean Champions, and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

Episode Directory

September 2019

  • 9/19/2019: The Green Amendment, constitutional right to healthy environment Listen Now
  • 9/12/2019: Cleaning the waters of Floridas St. Johns River Listen Now
  • 9/5/2019: Of bluefin tuna saiga saola giant ibis orangutan rhino and pangolin Listen Now

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