The St. Johns River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Florida and its most significant for commercial and recreational use. At 310 miles long, it winds through or borders twelve counties, three of which are the state's largest. It is one of the few rivers in the U.S. flowing north. In all, 3.5 million people live within the various watersheds that feed into the St. Johns River. With a drainage basin of 8,840 square miles, the St. Johns is one of the major interior wetlands of Florida. It is separated into three major basins and two associated watersheds for Lake George and the Ocklawaha River, all managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District.
St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman is the chief advocate and public's voice for the St. Johns River. As a former senior staff member for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, Lisa Rinaman has extensive experience building consensus around issues and helped implement numerous environmental initiatives and policies. Lisa was instrumental in leading the effort to develop and implement irrigation, fertilizer and Florida Friendly landscaping ordinances to better protect the St. Johns and local waterways. She also played a key role in securing state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city's successful Manatee Protection Plan, and pushing for programs necessary to fulfill the River Accord restoration plan for the Lower St. Johns River.
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