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HELP US HOLD FDEP
AND GP ACCOUNTABLE
As a condition of its permit to build a pipeline into the St. Johns River, Georgia-Pacific (GP) had to conduct an extensive biological survey to analyze the effect of the relocation of its effluent.
The survey shows that a significant decline in biodiversity of macroinvertebrates (very small organisms like worms and crustaceans) has occurred since the discharge was relocated into the river. While the report does not single out GP as the cause, it does say that the “discharge relocation cannot be ruled out as a source of variance.”
Unfortunately, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has failed to require any further action.
Contact FDEP and tell them to continue the monitoring and get to the bottom of the significant biological shift that has clearly taken place in the river.