October 2015 Speaker, Law Professor Joan Flocks

By Daniel Vazquez, Esq. Joan Flocks teaches courses in social justice lawyering, poverty law, and environmental justice.  She was previously an assistant professor at the UF College of Medicine and before that worked for many years as a legal services attorney.  Her areas of funded research include occupational and environmental health, […]

Joan Floaks

Conservation Report October 2015

By Whitey Markle GOVERNOR CUTS LOOSE: The Governor continues to behead his appointees across the state as we read this article. Last   month, after a very short extension to the application period, the Suwannee River Water Management District Board of directors voted unanimously to appoint one of the Governor’s key […]

News from the Chair: October 2015, Another Busy Month

September 3, 2015 we had Peggy Macdonald, Executive Director of the Matheson History Museum, as a speaker for our general meeting. We watched her lively presentation on the fascinating life and work of Marjorie Harris Carr, not just the “housewife from Micanopy”, but a scientist and leader of citizens who […]


Comprehensive Groundwater Sampling Needed

FLORIDA SPRINGS INSTITUTE REQUESTS COMPREHENSIVE GROUNDWATER NITRATE SAMPLING IN ALACHUA AND GILCHRIST COUNTIES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Robert Knight Director, Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute 386-462-1003 August 28, 2015 GAINESVILLE, FL – On Thursday, Dr. Robert Knight, Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute called for […]

This Month’s Featured Speaker

This Month’s Featured Speaker Author Peggy McDonald on The Story of a Florida Mother of Five Who Stopped the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from Killing a River   Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment (University Press of Florida, 2014) is the first full-length biography of the self-described “housewife […]

2015-09-03 Peggy McDonald at GenMtg


The Suwannee-St Johns Group is seeking names of persons interested in serving on the Executive Committee (ExCom). This committee has a total of 11 officers serving staggered 2-year terms. Since 5 officers will be continuing their terms, this year we need to fill 6 positions. Our By-laws indicate that there […]



The Tricounty Working Group (Marion, Citrus, and Levy) has met twice since our last newsletter. To me, the Working Group is amazing. Our first PowerPoint presentation is in the final stages thanks to designer Kathryn Taubert who has worked tirelessly this last month developing the presentation. Working around Jon Brainard […]

September News from the Conservation Chair

CONSERVATION REPORT by Whitey Markle For this month’s conversation report there are the following letters. COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE SUWANNEE/ST.JOHNS SIERRA CLUB GROUP 8/16/2015 to the ST JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT re: The CENTRAL FLORIDA WATER INITIATIVE. The Suwannee/St. Johns Sierra Club encompasses 16 counties of North Florida. The […]