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The Suwannee River Paddle Organized by the Suwannee Riverkeeper in Conjunction with the Mass Civil Disobedience Event at Suwannee River State Park on January 14, 2017

Last of the Fall Color on the Suwnanee River as the Sabal Trail Pipeline is Pushed-Pulled Through

Last of the Fall Color on the Suwnanee River as the Sabal Trail Pipeline is Pushed-Pulled Through

On January 14, there was a mass civil disobedience event at the Suwannee River State Park.  For the first time in history, the park was closed because it was at capacity.  At the same time this event was going on, the Suwannee Riverkeeper, John Quarterman, organized a paddle on the river.  The Suwannee is one of my favorite rivers and iconic in Florida's history.  This image was right by where the pipeline is going under the river.  On land a short way from here is the construction site on this side of the river.

Protector Standing Next to the Sabal Trail Pipeline Crossing, Suwannee River

Protector Standing Next to the Sabal Trail Pipeline Crossing, Suwannee River

Below are two images of the river that really spoke to me that day about why I love paddling on the Suwannee River so much.  I told John Quarterman that this is what I really love to appreciate on rivers and he said, "Don't we all."  I'm so grateful to him and every water protector in Florida for trying to save this river and all rivers and waterways from harm.

Suwannee River Tree Reflections

Suwannee River Tree Reflections

Every time I paddle on waterways in Florida these days, I already feel nostalgic while I am appreciating the beauty all around me.  I have to wonder what it will look like next time I'm there.  The environmental devastation going on in Florida is so rampant and being pushed through so quickly that you really never know what you will find from one day to the next.  When you destroy a place like this, you never get it back.

Nostalgic Suwannee River

Nostalgic Suwannee River

Below are some images of some of the folks who came out to paddle, as well as the law enforcement on the river.  Everyone had a good time on the river and the sheriffs on duty were congenial. Most of the people who protested were on land, but it was wonderful to have protectors on the water too, as protecting this river and the drinking water in Florida was why they were all here.

John Quarterman on the Maiden Voyage of the Suwannee Riverkeeper Canoe

John Quarterman on the Maiden Voyage of the Suwannee Riverkeeper Canoe

Patriotic Suwannee River Paddlers

Patriotic Suwannee River Paddlers

Marine Patrol, Suwannee River

Marine Patrol, Suwannee River

Enjoying the Float Down the River

Enjoying the Float Down the River

Pam Smith, President of Our Santa Fe River 

Pam Smith, President of Our Santa Fe River 

Cruising on the Suwannee

Cruising on the Suwannee

Protecting by Water and by Land

Protecting by Water and by Land

It's Time to Fight, Stop the Pipeline

It's Time to Fight, Stop the Pipeline

Portesting Paddlers

Portesting Paddlers