Mayor Brown's Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of the River Accord | Environment

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Mayor Brown's Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of the River Accord
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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown released this statement today regarding the five-year anniversary of The River Accord.

“The St. Johns River is Jacksonville’s and Northeast Florida’s most valued natural resource. Not only is it a primary economic driver for the city, but its imprint is embedded in the history and fabric of our lives.

“The declining health of our river can be attributed to decades of neglect and abuse. We simply cannot continue down this course. The River Accord, established to protect and preserve this treasure, is built solely on this principle and has made great strides toward improving the quality of the Lower St. Johns River Basin.

“The successes of the City of Jacksonville’s partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District, JEA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over the past five years have not come without challenges. Each of the organizations involved should be commended for the time and resources they’ve contributed to this effort.

“We are moving in the right direction, but the work is far from being done. As we look toward the remaining five years of The River Accord, I look forward to strengthening the relationships of our partnering agencies as we work to preserve the St. Johns for future generations. Undoubtedly, we live in tough economic times, but I am committed to the goals of the Accord. We must continue to find cost-effective ways to protect our precious resource.”

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