The Apalachicola River Basin and Apalachicola Bay comprise the most ecologically diverse natural area in the southern United States. It's huge variety of plant and animal species include many that are rare, threatened or endangered. The Apalachicola River flows from the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee rivers at the Georgia-Florida border, from there the River travels 107 miles through the high bluffs of Grand Ridge and Cody Scarp to the Gulf coastal lowlands. The largest flow of any river in Florida then reaches Apalachicola Bay creating a rich estuary. This basin supports a $7 billion dollar seafood industry in the Gulf of Mexico, that produces over 90% of the oyster harvest in Florida and over 12% of the nation’s oyster production. Apalachicola Bay is widely recognized as an exceptionally valuable estuarine system.
Dan Tonsmeire began his tenure with Apalachicola Riverkeeper in 2004 and has served as Riverkeeper since 2010. He is passionately committed to saving the Apalachicola River and restoring the Apalachicola Bay. Previously, Dan served as principal coordinator for the Northwest Florida Surface Water Improvement and Management program for the Northwest Florida Water Management District. Dan has also been a backcountry guide in Idaho, a commercial fisherman in Alaska, and the owner/operator of a small marine construction company in Alabama and Florida. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Civil Engineering and currently holds a United States Coast Guard Ocean Operator’s license.
PO Box 8
Apalachicola, Florida 32329