Guest speaker at the August OSFR board meeting was Suwannee RiverKeeper John Quarterman from Georgia.
John gave a detailed run-down of the benefits and responsibilities of a riverkeeper, of which there are around 350 scattered around the globe.
What does John do?
Actually he does quite a bit. A brief search ended up on the WaterKeeper Alliance website which had an article about John (and some OSFR people.): Suwannee Riverkeeper Fights to Protect Okefenokee Swamp from Titanium Strip Mine.
And this is just one recent example.
There has been discussion from time to time, going back years, about the possibility of having a Santa Fe Riverkeeper.
There is never been much interest from the OSFR board. This is probably because John is doing a good job of protecting all parts of the Suwannee, which includes, of course, her largest tributary, the Santa Fe River.
Indeed, John attends all the important meetings regarding the fate of the Santa Fe, no matter how far from Georgia.
OSFR appreciates the good work done by the Suwannee RiverKeeper and thanks him for his visit to our meeting.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-