New Leaf Market Co-op Raises $4,500 for Apalachicola Riverkeeper
The SweetWater Brewing and New Leaf Market partnership to support the Apalachicola Riverkeeper was once again a success! New Leaf Market Co-op raised $4,500 through donations at the register, two special SweetWater Beer tastings and the selling of SweetWater t-shirts. One hundred percent of the funds will go directly to Apalachicola Riverkeeper.
One a year SweetWater Brewing partners with retailers to help protect our rivers and waterways with the “Save Our Water” campaign. Last year, more than $100,000 was raised. This year’s goal is $150,000. Although the Co-op's participation has ended, the campaign continues through Labor Day.
With more than 30 Waterkeepers alone in the Southeast, the Waterkeeper Alliance has stopped hundreds of illegal discharges into our local rivers and waterways, removed tons of trash, provided education to tens of thousands of students, patrolled huge stretches of waterways, and forced governments and industries to comply with clean water laws. Apalachicola Riverkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.
The Apalachicola River, floodplain and bay system is a National Treasure. It is know for having the highest documented number of biological species of any river system in North America. Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive estuaries in the northern hemisphere, providing 90% of the oysters harvested in Florida and over 10% of the oysters harvested nationally. The integrity of its primary ecological functions remains intact today much as it did over 100 years ago. The Apalachicola Riverkeeper works to protect the river and bay against the threats to this incredible natural resource.
One of the greatest threats to the river and bay is the loss of life-sustaining flows that maintain fish, frogs, turtles and the entire wildlife habitat. The local communities along the river and bay depend on the Apalachicola River for their economic, social and cultural well being, including fisherman, hunters and many recreational activities. It has been documented that the fresh water flows and nutrients carried by the Apalachicola River sustain not only the Apalachicola Bay but also the fishing habitat over 200 miles offshore. Over 90% of all commercially harvested species in the Gulf spend part of their life cycle in the Bay. Water withdrawals in the upstream states of Georgia and Alabama are impacting these life-sustaining flows. Apalachicola Riverkeper has joined with stakeholders from throughout the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River system to work collaboratively to resolve this issue, which has been mired in litigation for over 20 years.
The Apalachicola Riverkeeper is almost 1,000 members strong, and needs all the help they can get to support their efforts. They are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
For more information, stop by the office in Apalachicola, call 850-653-8936, visit Facebook or view the website at www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org.