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Photos in order of appearance: St. Johns River, 2012.

The St. Johns River is seen from the Cummer Gardens. Running 310 miles, the longest river in Florida, it starts in marshes southwest of Cape Canaveral and flows north to Jacksonville, emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Johns, like many Florida rivers, was altered to make way for agricultural and residential centers. It suffered severe pollution and human interference that has diminished the natural order of life in and around the river. Restoration efforts are underway for the basins around the St. Johns. The Cummer remains a dedicated partner with The St. Johns Riverkeeper organization by promoting a “river friendly” lifestyle.