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St. Johns River named one of nation's great waterways

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The St. Johns River has been named one of America's greatest waterways.

Members of the America's Great Waters Coalition, along with the St. Johns River Alliance, gathered on the Northbank on Wednesday to celebrate.

They call the St. Johns River and the other waterways, such as the Hudson River and Chesapeake Bay, "the lifeblood of our nation" because they provide critical jobs and recreational opportunities.

Because of this honor, advocates say river restoration will become a national priority.

More than $5.5 million has already been set aside from the state for restoration.

The St. Johns River Alliance said it will potentially use that money to improve water quality and to reduce nutrients that can be toxic to marine life.