Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich! Joining me today is Justin Riney. He just completed his 3rd conservation paddle on the St Johns River as a part of his preparation for the Expedition Florida 500 2013. This paddle is the 3rd of 6 planned conservation paddles that highlight Florida waterways. Justin tells about his experience on the St Johns, and how being on the water has given him such a deeper understanding of whats going on ecologically. He, along with Gabe Gray, his paddle partner, logistics and mapping brother of another mother, have really had some eye opening experiences on these journeys. Justin talks about the honor of receiving a symbolic Key to the city of Jacksonville from Mayor Brown. Jacksonville will play a large roll in the 2013 Expedition as the transition point from coastal to the inland waters.
Justin is not taking a break, as he heads out solo this time on October 11th to paddle in his home water where he trains, the Indian River Lagoon. This paddle, when completed will be to date his longest with 165 miles. This river is considered the most biodiverse estuary in North America, with over 2,200 species of animals and 2,100 species of plants. Unfortunately it is in dire need of attention. Justin hopes to bring awareness to many and to get people “on board” to help clean it up.
Justin is the founder of Mother Ocean and has been amazed and pleased how fast it has growth. His message is gaining momentum and the state of Florida is rallying around his efforts as he is a part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration. You can follow him on facebook at Expedition Florida 500
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