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September News From the Chair

By Whitey Markle Summer is almost over and the travelers are coming back home.  We can expect a lot of activity in the next months. The legislature will begin in January this year, rather than in March, so the incumbents can begin campaigning for their re-elections. Unfortunately this time change […]


Tri- County Working Group Update

THE TRI-COUNTY WORKING GROUP had an interesting meeting with Cindy McWilliams on Tuesday evening  (August 22) on landscape architecture and integrating all disciplines in teaching about the environment, especially art.   It was held at Dunnellon Public library.   Cindy shared many experiences she had during her long career in landscape architecture.  […]


North Florida Working Group

By Maryvonne Devenksy  SSJ North Florida Working Group is up and running with a lot of good energy. We meet once a month, usually the 4th Saturday (but it is not definite),  either at the Rum 138 Sierra Club office or in some other location, so keep reading the newsletter […]


Conservation Report

By Whitey Markle RAINBOW RIVER MFL TO BE DECIDED ON MARCH 28 The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) will decide on a proposed Minimum Flow and Level (MFL) at their March 28th meeting in the SWFWMD headquarters in Brooksville. Although the Rainbow River and spring are flowing at over […]


News From the Chair

By Whitey Markle WELL-OILED MACHINE? The Suwannee-St Johns Group is, “the largest SC group east of the Mississippi “, possesses 1000 springs, and is approximately the size of Massachusetts. Needless to say, we have a massive chunk of the most environmentally-endowed land, and we have the responsibility of protecting it for […]


Memories of Muir 3/2/17

In 1867, John Muir, Botanist & later founder of Sierra Club, walked from Indiana across Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He traversed the Florida wilds from Fernandina, through Gainesville and onto Cedar Key.  In his published journal, A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf, his charming style shows […]


Conservation Report December 2016

By Whitey Markle Many years ago in Lake City, the Suwannee River Water Management District, the St. Johns River Water Management District, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducted a “public workshop” in which the regional water managers told us of a new plan for conserving the water in […]