Jaguars Owners Join Riverkeeper To Protect St. Johns River

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The owners of the Jaguars have taken up a new cause -- saving the St. Johns River.

On Thursday, Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver announced they would donate $1 for every $2 the riverkeeper raises.

?The incredible generosity and support of the Weavers will enable us to raise the funds and acquire the resources necessary to defend and protect the health of the St. Johns River. This also sends a powerful message that the citizens and business leaders who love the river are not going to just stand idly by and allow the St. Johns River Water Management District and public officials in central Florida to proceed with their short-sighted and irresponsible plans to take millions of gallons a day from the flow of the St. Johns River without a fight,? St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon said.

The Weavers said they would contribute as much as $150,000 to help raise awareness about issues facing the river and to help fight plans in Central Florida to withdraw millions of gallons of water.

?Wayne and I are deeply concerned about the plans to withdraw millions of gallons of water from the St. Johns and the potential harm that this could cause to our river,? said Delores Barr Weaver. ?We absolutely love the river and recognize how important it is to Jacksonville?s economy and quality of life. We cannot just stand on the sidelines and allow Central Florida to gamble with its future. As a result, we have decided to get behind St. Johns Riverkeeper and their efforts to raise awareness about the threats facing our St. Johns and their legal challenge of the water withdrawal plans.?

The Weavers said the citizens of Jacksonville have to serve as stewards for the river.

For more information about the riverkeeper or to make a donation visit St.JohnsRiverkeeper.org.