Apalachicola Bay and Riverkeeper, Inc.

Saving an American Treasure

aka Apalachicola Riverkeeper   |   Apalachicola, FL   |  www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org

Mission

The mission of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper is to provide stewardship and advocacy for the protection of the Apalachicola River and Bay, its tributaries and watersheds, in order to improve and maintain its environmental integrity and to preserve the natural, scenic, recreational, and commercial fishing character of these waterways.

Ruling year info

1999

Riverkeeper and Executive Director

Ms. Georgia Ackerman

Main address

P. O. Box 8

Apalachicola, FL 32329 USA

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EIN

59-3550426

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ACF Stakeholders

Apalachicola Riverkeeper is Florida's representative in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders (ACFS) www.acfstakeholders.org . This program represents multiple numerous and diverse entities within Florida, Georgia and Alabama who all have a vested interest in the outcome of the entrenched and persistent ""water wars"" between these three States. The purpose for Riverkeeper helping to establish this stakeholder group was to create a different approach to developing equitable water allocation methodologies, one that does NOT involve time-wasting and unsuccessful (for Florida) litigation. Apalachicola Riverkeeper helped to orchestrate a consensus among the stakeholder entities to conduct the first-ever (neutral) instream flow assessment and agreement to abide by the results. The data from this assessment is extremely important as it lays the groundwork for the Apalachicola Riverkeeper to continue to facilitate a sustainable water management plan that will document an equitable allocation of water for all three states in the future - a problem that has compounded and confounded leaders in all three states for more than 20 years. This program is highly dynamic and requires intense Lawmaker education & advocacy and public education/input and legislative policy development, all requiring regular travel to the States of Georgia and Alabama. This year, Apalachicola Riverkeeper and its partner organization (Riparian County Stakeholder Coalition - RCSC) were key players in getting public dollars to find the answers to the problems in the River.

Population(s) Served

As part of its mission to reach out and educate the public, Apalachicola Riverkeeper offers a guided kayak/canoe paddle expedition to the public. The paddle is free to members with a suggested donation for non-members. This program provides the public who might otherwise never be exposed to this national treasure natural resource, an opportunity to experience the mighty Apalachicola River up close and personal. The suggested donations from the public do not cover the cost to obtain and maintain canoes, kayaks and all associated paddle and safety gear.

Population(s) Served

Begun in 2020, the Slough Restoration Project is working to unplug three main sloughs of sediment to increase flow to the main stem of the Apalachicola River. The project requires survey and field work. The 3 areas of focus are Spiders Cut, Douglas Cut and East River Slough. The timeframe for the project is 2020 - 2024. The effort will allow for a greater fresh water flow into the main Apalachicola River channel and the Bay. Funding for this projected is provided through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Georgia Ackerman (Riverkeeper), Dan Tonsmeire (Riverkeeper Emeritus) and Ken Jones, Project Engineer, are the leaders of the slough restoration project.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Community Steward of the Year 2005

1000 Friends of Florida

Water Conservation Organization of the Year 2004

Florida Wildlife Federation

Conservation Award 2003

Apalachee Audobon Society

Apalachicola Blueway Trail Designation 2014

United States Department of Interior

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Apalachicola Bay and Riverkeeper, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kim Sash

Board President

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms. Lynn Wilder

Board VP

Term: 2021 - 2022

Craig Diamond

Environmental Consultant

Rebecca Jetton

Community Volunteer

Guy Anglin

Retired

Clay Robinson

Business Owner

Kim Sash

Biologist, Tall Timbers Research Station

Charles Kienzle

Retired Business Executive

Barbara Powell

Florida Dept of Environmental Protection staff

Katie McCormick

Florida State University Archivist

Guy Anglin

Retired Biologist

Dodie Alber

Retired Educator

David Hilton

College Professor

Kim Kelling

Public TV Executive

Ivo Marcich

Retired corporate CEO

Jeffrey VanderMeer

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No