PUTNAM COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL

Members of the Putnam County Environmental Council work together to protect our natural resources, but we also have a great time hiking, paddling, bicycling, and learning about nature. Since 1991 we have taken an active role in government, educated the public, promoted ecotourism, and networked with others. Our work has led to our leadership on numerous issues of statewide concern. PCEC, as a result, was named Florida Conservation Organization of the Year in 2005 by Florida Wildlife Federation.

We publish the Green Gazette, provide programs and field trips for members and the public, and have an annual social in December. Our programs are usually held at the Water Works Environmental Education Center on the second Friday of the month.

Become a member of our PCECweb group, which means you receive Green Gazettes and alerts by email, or become a member of PCEC and financially support our work. You may fill in a membership form from the back page of a recent Green Gazette and mail it with your check or you may join online using PayPal (Subscriptions tab). Your name and email address will not be publicized or shared.

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News & Announcements

Elgin Grove Nature Park Tour - East Palatka

Posted by Cindy, Friday, June 19th, 2015 @ 10:59am

  • Putnam Land Conservancy Event Invitation

    Saturday, June 27 at 11:00am

    142 Elgin Road, East Palatka, FL 32131

    We need your help to create a nature park in East Palatka!


    Please join PLC and the neighbors for a short tour of the proposed park on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11:00 AM. We will meet at 142 Elgin Road, East Palatka, FL 32131. Cold drinks to take on the tour will be provided. You can also come by boat, tying up at the Elgin Grove public boat ramp on Magnolia Avenue in East Palatka and walking 2 blocks north to 142 Elgin Road.

    Visit us on Facebook for more information.

PCEC’s Spring Program May 14

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 @ 3:23pm

  • Jacon Fults

    Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE)

    Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

    Edgar Johnson Senior Center

    1215 Westover Drive, Palatka FL 32177 Map

    Looking for a way to cut your electric bill and help the environment? Learn about the PACE Program to help finance energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades to both residential and commercial buildings. It offers upgrades for heating and cooling systems, water pumps, insulation, and solar panels.

    Please join us, bring a friend, and spread the word.  The public is encouraged to attend.

Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees -- Celebrating Earth Day April 25

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 @ 9:27am

  • On Saturday, April 25, the Palatka Water Works Environmental Center and Ravine Gardens will celebrate Earth Day with the Birds, Bees, Flowers & Trees festival in Palatka.  

    Meet Billy Bartram; take a guided nature walk; tour the historic building and its exhibits; enjoy live music at the amphitheater; walk the               Puc Puggy Trail; learn about bees, bee keeping, and native plants.

    It all begins with a bird walk at 7:00 am in the parking lot inside Ravine Gardens State Park.  Carol Foil and Joyce King will lead 2 groups through Ravine Gardens and meet at the Palatka Water Works Environmental Center to do a bird survey there.


    Please join us!  

PCEC program March 12

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Thursday, February 26th, 2015 @ 7:13am

  • Fostering Monarch Butterflies

    Speaker: Nancy Smith

    Date: March 12, 2015

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: Edgar Johnson Sr. Center, 1215 Westover Drive, Palatka, FL

Join us 2/12/15 for incredible videos of the Ocklawaha River 
and meet the creators

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Monday, February 9th, 2015 @ 10:43am

  • Matt Keen and Ryan Cantey

    February 12, 2015, 
7:00 p.m. 


    Edgar Johnson Senior Center 

    1215 Westover Drive, Palatka

    Meet Matt Keen and Ryan Cantey at the Putnam County Environmental Council's meeting Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the Edgar Johnson Senior Center.

    Matt and Ryan will show a video of their trip along the entire length of the Ocklawaha River and discuss the challenges and experiences they faced along the way. They built their own wooden kayaks for their travels.



    Matt is also the author of River be Damned, a production that looks at the history, construction, and lasting impacts of the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the Rodman Dam with a focus on restoration of the Ocklawaha River. Matt will play the video portion of the River be Damned project. 



    An opportunity for discussion will follow. 



    Everyone is welcome.  Please invite your friends and spread the word.

David Kennedy to speak 1/15/15 at 7 p.m.

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 @ 7:49pm

  • Date:      January 15, 2015

    Time:      6:00 p.m. Board Meeting open to all
                  7:00 p.m. Food and the Environment 
                  Presenter, David Kennedy   

    Location: Edgar Johnson Sr. Center, 1215 Westover               Drive, Palatka

    David Kennedy of Interlachen will lead a presentation on the expanding role of home food gardens in protecting our natural environment. Our industrial food system provides us with an abundance of inexpensive food. It also depletes our soil, pollutes our air and water, reduces biodiversity, and too often leaves us unhealthy. The presentation will show how the growing movement of savvy home gardeners can lead the way towards a more sustainable and nutritious food supply.  

    Kennedy is the author of four books on gardening and nutrition. As founder and director of Leaf for Life, he has worked on innovative small-scale agriculture and food processing projects in 13 countries over the past 30 years.      

    All programs are free and open to the public.

Join 3rd Annual Adena Protest Flotilla Sept. 13

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 @ 6:34pm

Garry McIntyre to speak on Plasma Arc Gasification on Thursday, July 17, 6:30 PM

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 @ 1:37pm

  • Join us Thursday, July 17, 6:30 PM, at the Edgar Johnson Sr. Center, 1215 Westover Dr., Palatka. Putnam County Environmental Council will present Garry McIntyre, President of Advance Plasma Arc Gasification Energy.  

    Mr. McIntyre recently presented plasma arc gasification to County Solid Waste Taskforce, as an alternative to the sale of the Putnam County Landfill.  Following McIntyre’s presentations, Putnam County Environmental Council has continued to receive inquiries about plasma arc gasification from members and the public.

    Plasma Arc Gasification technology is used by only a handful of plasma facilities in the world, located in Japan, India, China and the United Kingdom, and a test facility in Madison, Pa.   McIntyre estimates the cost of operation from $250 million to $300 million and that there will be a tipping fee, but says the county would still share in the profit.  He stated that gasification will convert trash to usable goods and do away with the landfill while putting nothing into the ground, air or water.  Plasma Arc products include road bedding material, pig iron and electricity, and, most profitable, diesel.

    Bring your questions about the process, health and safety, research studies, logistics, and profits of plasma gasification, offered by Garry McIntyre, as one alternative solution to recent Putnam County Landfill concerns. The public is invited to join with PCEC at the Sr. Center Thursday to continue learning about landfill alternatives.

Ahlers named Executive Director of FDE

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Monday, June 16th, 2014 @ 8:08am

  • Melrose, FL - Florida Defenders of the Environment has named Karen Ahlers Executive Director of the non-profit research organization. FDE board president Steve Robitaille has been interim executive director since October 2013.

    Robitaille noted Ahlers is a life long champion of Ocklawaha River restoration since witnessing as a child the destruction wrought by the Cross Florida Barge Canal project. FDE was founded in Gainesville in 1969 by Marjorie Harris Carr in an effort to halt the canal project.

    Former Florida governor Buddy MacKay said, “Like Marjorie Carr, Karen is knowledgeable, totally fearless, with a passionate concern for Florida's environment. Her selection is great news. I look forward to a revitalization of FDE.”

    As FDE’s Ocklawaha Restoration Coordinator Ahlers has led the charge to protect the river from massive water withdrawals and to minimize nutrient pollution from the proposed 30,000 acre Adena Springs Ranch grass fed beef operation in the Ocklawaha Basin and Silver Springs springshed.

    “Florida’s water resources are under tremendous pressure and I can think of no better place to fight for their protection and restoration than FDE,” Ahlers said.   “The foundation laid by Marjorie Harris Carr is still strong with many seasoned environmental warriors ready to step up and be counted.”

    A Putnam County native, Ahlers earned statewide recognition for the Putnam County Environmental Council where she served nine terms as president. Her *Rally for the Rivers* events brought participants from all over Florida to celebrate the state’s natural resources and focus on the continued existence of the detrimental dam on the Ocklawaha.  Sandra Kokernoot, founder of Putnam County Environmental Council and former FDE board member, praised Ahlers for her organizing skills and her will to take on enormous challenges. “She made Putnam County Environmental Council one of the leading voices for protecting water resources in Florida,” Kokernoot said.

    “Karen has been a long time and effective advocate for restoring the free flowing Ocklawaha River and preserving the purity and quantities of Florida’s natural water sheds,” said Joseph Little, FDE vice president. “She knows and is respected by all the players on both sides of the issues and assumes the role of executive director with no need for orientation. FDE’s executive committee is pleased that she has agreed to undertake this role.”

    "It has been a privilege to serve as interim executive director, and in that capacity my respect and trust in Karen Ahlers as an environmental leader and steward continued to grow,” Robitaille said.

    She is the ideal person to carry on the legacy entrusted to us by Marjorie Carr, and I look forward to working with her, the board and our members in the months and years ahead," he added.

Public Forum held - Putnam County Landfill Privatization

Posted by PCECwebmaster, Sunday, June 1st, 2014 @ 9:24pm


  • CLEAN (Citizens Landfill Environmental Advisory Network) presented a public forum addressing the proposed Putnam County Landfill privatization.
 CLEAN is a PCEC committee comprised of citizens from a wide range of experience and knowledge. See May 2014 Green Gazette for more information.

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