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Event: River Friendly Series: Don’t Feed the Algae Talk
I had a delightful time Tuesday evening meeting with the Rising Tide YP group of the St. John's Riverkeeper. A big Thanks to Megan Riggs for her hospitality. Kelly Thompson will be presenting at their April 13th event. Use the link below to learn more about the event.
That was my understanding Deborah. I'm going to add the event to our news section today.
Great, productive meeting last night, Steven! Thanks to Bob for all the hard work on the messaging pieces, too.
To make sure I understand our tasks now, we are 1) to reach out to the groups we identified, using Bob's messaging materials (in whatever way we feel is best with each contact, I assume) 2) make plans to attend the April 13th Riverkeepers event at Jax Beach if we can and 3) come back together for another meeting of this committee on April 16.
Please advise is I don't have that right!
Let's go out and spread the word!
Duval County PTA might be a good (large!) group to make contact with for our purposes here. President: Felita Tutt (verifying this now; their online info seems to be either incorrect or out of date.)
Another suggestion is San Marco Preservation Society: Ellen Wilson
Riverside Avondale Preservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yellow House: Mission is Connecting art and community to build understanding, inspire empathy, and spark civic engagement. The Civic engagement part could be a point of entry for our purposes. Hope McMath: 904.419.9180
My list consists of a few diverse organizations for specific reasons as follows:
1.) The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp - a highly visible organization in the community and I have a relationship with the owner , Ken Babby and the staff. I would organize a meeting to present what we are doing with this initiative. I wouldn't necessarily ask for financial support. I would think we would get much more from this relationship by asking for game day videos at between innings and an awareness that "We Have a Problem" and the JJS is behind working with the JBC in pursuing a solution. This is a Public Service spin for the JJS.
2.) The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce - many numbers of members and a leader in the community that has many tenicles through their Councils in various locations. I would approach the Director or their Community Relations person to tell our story and suggest engaging with them and their councils to gain support.
3.) Duval and St. Johns County PTA's to engage opportunities to speak at any PTA Events or meetings.
4.) I recently (today) came across a LinkedIn group that is focused on the "mismanagement of water authorities and I commented on behalf of the JBC and our initiative with a post. I would follow up with members of this LI group to gain support.
5.) Identify Civic Groups in the surrounding Jax area that we might approach and speak at any events or meetings they have.
6.) Identify Homeowners Associations (HOA's) in the NE Florida area that may have annual meetings where we could speak to the members of that Neighborhood on this issue to gain support.
Just a few thoughts I had on who we could position our initiative with and I will continue to be on the lookout.
This new program was announced yesterday https://www.fgcu.edu/TheWaterSchool/
Someday, Jacksonville may lead instead of following!
Pursuant to last evenings discussion;
1. Lois Gibbs ( http://chej.org/ )
I suggest contacting CHEJ, and working with Jacksonville Soil & Water Dept., apply for a small grant to "jump start" the JBC initiative. The JBC group will require funds to advance the cause.
2. Lisa Rinaman & Ron Littlepage ( St Johns Riverkeepers )
Definitely contact & coordinate the JBC Water Initiative with Rinaman & Littlepage. Ron Littlepage is a journalist with many of Florida's media.
3. Ohio Regulations ( https://epa.ohio.gov/dsw/wqs/NutrientReduction )
Ohio recently passed regulations for waste treatment plants and agriculture limiting nutrient water pollution. There is no reason Florida cannot follow Ohio's lead.
Hope these leads are beneficial.
I will take the lead in contacting these folks. Thanks Bud.
Please use this topic to share resources and contacts who we should know about.
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