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Friday, March 06, 2009

Celebrating the History of the St. Johns River

Published 3/4/2009 - First Coast News
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton has designated March as "St. Johns River Month." There will be celebrations all month long surrounding the river.

Jimmy Orth, the Executive Director of the St. Johns Riverkeeper, believes the river is a natural resource. It is the longest river in Florida, at 310 miles.

He also says the St. Johns River is considered one of the laziest rivers because "from its beginning to its end, it drops less than 30 feet. " This means the river has a very slow flow which is the reason it doesn't flush pollutants efficiently. The pollutants stay in the river longer before they go into the ocean.

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