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New St. Johns Riverkeeper Announced


The St. Johns Riverkeeper organization is pleased to welcome aboard Lisa Rowe Rinaman, former City of Jacksonville Policy Director, as the next St. Johns Riverkeeper, the chief advocate and public voice for the St. Johns River.   Rinaman will assume the role in February from Neil Armingeon who previously announced his intent to retire at the end of January.

"The St. Johns River plays a critical role in our region's quality of life and our economy. To ensure that this great natural resource is protected for generations to come, we must build on St. Johns Riverkeeper’s past accomplishments and continue our campaign for a clean and healthy river," said Rinaman. "For years, my passion has been working to identify opportunities to advance legislative and policy initiatives that protect the environment and our waterways.  I am honored to once again have the chance to combine my advocation with my vocation for the betterment of the St. Johns River."

As a former senior-staff member for Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, Rinaman has extensive experience building consensus around issues and was instrumental in implementing numerous initiatives and policies that directly improved the environment.  Locally, her efforts included leading the creation and implementation of irrigation, fertilizer and Florida Friendly landscaping ordinances to better protect the St. Johns and local waterways.  She also played instrumental roles in helping secure state funding for water quality improvements, organizing the city's highly successful Manatee Protection Plan, and pushing for programs to fulfill the city's commitment in the River Accord.

 For the past two years, Rinaman has also served as a member of the St. Johns Riverkeeper Water Policy Group (WPG), a group that advocates for water conservation and reuse and policies that are more protective of our water resources.   She has provided critical expertise, helping the WPG to formulate its priorities and develop and implement effective strategies. 

 “For years, Lisa has served as a tremendous advocate for the river in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Under Lisa’s leadership, our community can be confident that their voices will be heard and the interests of the river will be well-served when these issues are on the table,” said Neil Armingeon. 

“We are fortunate that someone with Lisa’s relationships, talents, integrity and commitment will be representing our organization and our mission to publicly address and resolve the issues that are impacting the health of our river,” said Jimmy Orth, Executive Director. “She’s tough-minded yet tactful, passionate yet pragmatic, and has outstanding communication skills, experience, and a successful track record of getting things done.”

Dr. John Ragsdale, a Board member and Chair of the Search Committee, says, “Lisa has a unique blend of talents and skills that we believe will further strengthen our organization and continue to move us forward toward our goal of a clean and healthy St. Johns River.  We’re very excited that she will be joining our team.”

Armingeon will leave the Riverkeeper post at the end of January and will assist with the transition.

The St. Johns Riverkeeper organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works on behalf of the community for clean and healthy waters in the St. Johns River, its tributaries and its wetlands, through citizen-based advocacy.  More information is available at the organization's web site,


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