Apalachicola Riverkeeper (Apalachicola, FL)


  • Name:Ms. Shannon Lease
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Apalachicola Riverkeeper
  • Address:232-b Water Street
    Box 8
    Apalachicola, FL 32329
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(850) 653-8936

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper is to provide stewardship and advocacy for the protection of the Apalachicola River and Bay, its tributaries and watersheds, in order to improve and maintain its environmental integrity and to preserve the natural, scenic, recreational, and commercial fishing character of these waterways.

  • Overview:
  • Apalachicola Riverkeeper a 1400+ member non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and stewardship of the Apalachicola River and Bay. As part of the International Waterkeeper Alliance, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, along with our members and volunteers, is the River’s “voice”, working to focus public and political attention on the importance of saving this one-of-a-kind resource. Through advocacy, we build new partnerships and develop collaborative approaches to address the most serious threats to the River and Bay.
    Since our founding in 1999, Apalachicola Riverkeeper has received support from individuals through affordable organizational memberships, individual donations, volunteer-led fundraisers and grants from philanthropic foundations and government. We work tirelessly to make the most of our limited resources by partnering with numerous other stakeholders who believe, as we do, that all of us have a shared responsibility for preserving this American treasure.

  • History:
  • The Apalachicola River and Bay Estuary River system harbors the most diverse assemblage of freshwater fish in Florida, the largest number of species of freshwater snails and mussels, and the most endemic species in western Florida. It has been designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve, by the United States as a National Estuarine Research Reserve, and by the State of Florida as an Outstanding Florida Water. Apalachicola Bay is one of the most productive estuaries in the northern hemisphere, historically supporting commercially important oyster beds and a wide variety of fish, and providing habitat for migratory birds and other animals.

    The river basin is home to some of the highest densities of reptile and amphibian species on the continent. The Apalachicola River and Bay are closely linked, as River waters and its inundated floodplain is the biological factory that fuels the productivity of the estuary. Apalachicola Riverkeeper, established in 1999 has been the leading advocate for the Apalachicola River and Bay.

    Historical Accomplishments:
    * Established a six-County Riparian Stakeholder Coalition of local and state government to serve as Florida's negotiating contingent in the "Water Wars" between Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
    * Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire has served as the Riverkeeper since 2004 and is a founding member of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Stakeholders (ACFS). ACFS’s mission is to achieve equitable water-sharing solutions among stakeholders that balance economic, ecological and social values, while ensuring sustainability for current and future generations. Through scientific modeling and a shared vision process, ACFS works to achieve a sustainable solution that works for everyone in the ACF Basin. ACFS is now moving forward, despite a lawsuit over water allocation between Florida and Georgia (an original action in the Supreme Court of the US) with the critical next steps - a Sustainable Water Management Plan for the entire ACF Basin.
    * Established a coalition to stop the Corps of Engineers destructive dredging on the Apalachicola River and coordinated a coalition of environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to develop and pass legislation to begin floodplain restoration on the Apalachicola River.
    * Apalachicola Riverkeeper's work has been recognized with a Sustainable Florida Award by the Council for a Sustainable Florida; selected by the Apalachee Audubon Society as the winner of their Conservation Award; recognized as the State's leading advocate for water by the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders; recognized by the Florida Wildlife Federation as the Water Resource Organization for Florida (2004). In 2005, 1000 Friends of Florida selected Apalachicola Riverkeeper to receive their Community Steward Award as part of their 2005 Better Communities Award Program.
    *Successfully led a State and local coalition initiative of public and private partners to get the Apalachicola River officially designated as a National Recreation Trail by the United States Department of Interior. (Awarded 2014)
    *Spearheaded a highly successful petition drive and campaign for passage of a local “Leave No Trace” ordinance in 2014 for Franklin County’s public Beach Coastline in an effort to reduce habitat degradation and prevent harm to nesting sea turtles.
    *Annually sponsors a coast-wide clean-up using hundreds of volunteers as part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day and expanded this program to include sites up river as well. Apalachicola Riverkeeper and its co-sponsors—Ocean Conservancy and the Franklin County Departments of Parks & Recreation and Solid Waste & Recycling, work side-by-side with volunteers to clear tons of garbage from the area’s coastline, river banks, estuaries and bridge causeways every year.

  • Year established:1999
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:15
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:2


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:59-3550426

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:593550426
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 8
  • Organization City:APALACHICOLA
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:32329-0008
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2, 1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization, Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C32
  • Asset Amount:$65,744
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$294,433
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$291,028
  • Last Updated:3/21/2018 7:03:00 pm

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