News From the Chair September 2015

FROM THE CHAIR (I) PROTECT PAYNES PRAIRIE COALITION (PPPC) Our PPP group became a coalition last week, as so many people are concerned and upset about the Governor’s new management plan to make Paynes Prairie a business of some sort.   Here is the PPPC Mission Statement: To protect the […]


Alachua rezoning will harm cave system

On July 9, the SSJ Executive Committee heard Vice Chair of the National Speleological Society, TJ Muller, explain the position of the NSS in their fight against the city of Alachua over the rezoning ordinance involving 154.5 acres in Alachua. To support their case, Mr. Muller asked the Suwannee St […]

Peggy McDonald, Author – September 3rd

General meetings are held first Thursday of each month September through May at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville FL 32605 Doors open at 7:00pm, Presentation begins at 7:30pm     September 3rd, 7:30pm Historian, Author and Director of the Matheson Museum, Peggy McDonald will be present […]

Peggy McDonald

Impressions of Sierra Club’s Poe Springs Picnic

Kindness and generosity were the heartbeat of the annual picnic of the Sierra Club. Roberta G. informed me of the improved condition of the spring from last year, partly due to the rain, although signs of too much nitrate pollution in the water were noted. All of the people I […]

From the Chair – Maryvonne Devensky

Who ever talked about the “slow days of summer” was not talking about my summer…Here are some things I want to share with you: On July 9, the SSJ Executive Committee heard Vice Chair of the National Speleological Society, TJ Muller, explain the position of the NSS in their fight […]


Adena/Sleepy Creek C.U.P. approved by SJRWMD Despite having appealed decision to transfer a Consumptive water Use Permit (C.U.P.) for 14.2 million gallons/day (GPD) of fresh groundwater the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Governing Board approved it on July 14th. 50 persons spent the […]


Sierra Club is holding a garage sale September 19th to benefit our ICO program which takes local youth on awesome outdoor adventure and service trips. Please keep us in mind when spring cleaning and save your items. Since we have minimal storage space available, we thank you for hanging on […]

Florida Chapter Newsletter

The Pelican, Summer Edition is now available. Features include Sierra’s Legislative Review, threats to Silver Springs, a mining victory in Hernando County, Calusa Group is back in action and more

Summer ICO Programs

“Whoever said Science is boring is definitely not a member of Cultural Arts Coalition After School Science Clubs and they most certainly have not been to the Cade Museum. This amazing field trip was made possible by our partnership with the Sierra Club.” Nkwanda Jah, Executive Director, Cultural Arts Coalition […]

2015-06 ICO to Cade Museum

Letter from Florida Springs Council to Florida DEP

Submitted via email to on July 6, 2015. The Florida Springs Council (FSC) is a consortium of 28 organizations whose 100,000+ members share a deep concern with the health and restoration of Florida’s springs. Since its formation last year, FSC has provided recommendations to Florida’s legislative and executive branches […]