GENEVA TRAILS: Let’s live on the river, not in it
March 22 2010 at 0920 | 601 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The St. Johns River has been rising during the past week from the recent severe rains. The river was around three feet when the rain began last Thursday and as of this writing it is higher than 4½ feet at the northern end of Lake Harney and still rising.

Quite a difference from last year's early spring when we experienced a drought until the deluge right after Mother's Day. Who knows what the rest of the spring holds for us? Hopefully our river level will stabilize and lower before the true rainy season begins in earnest.

Here's hoping that our civic leaders are also paying attention to drainage, retention ponds and road conditions all over the county including stormwater runoff management.

That old saying comes to mind, “when you live near a river, sometimes you live on it and sometimes you live in it.”

Let's hope the millions of people across the country who live, work and play near the rivers stay safe and strong dealing with the existing high water levels and the spring flooding that is to come.

• Looking for a fun time on The St. Johns River? The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Geneva/Chuluota fund-raisers include a fantastic event this month on the riverbanks.

• Love chili? Then come out to the Jolly Gator Fish Camp Saturday on State Road 46 from noon to 6 p.m. for a chili cook-off, craft sale and bake sale.

The great part about this event is you can support the cause by cooking chili, renting a craft booth or bringing baked goods as well as just showing up and enjoying the great food and crafts. A bowl of chili and hotdogs are $1 each.

There will also be raffles and 50/50 drawings. For details call 407-302-3993 or e-mail mconsolato@bellsouth.net.