It began with a plan...

This project began May 1st, 2011 when Eric Bersinger and Josh Woods paddled The Bartram Canoe Trail on Durbin Creek. What we found that day was the launch area full of illegally dumped trash and a creek that had been ignored for years. Fallen trees and log jams made this beautiful creek impossible to paddle. On this day we made our pledge, on this day "The Durbin Creek Wilderness Society" was born...
..and on this day we went to work....

..We are the Waterway Stewards of Durbin Creek and The Historic Bartram Canoe Trail...
..volunteer citizens making a difference by keeping the creek open for everyone to enjoy...

We are the recipients of the prestigious "2012 Green Paddle Award for Waterway Conservation" Presented by The American Canoe Association for outstanding contribution to paddlesport by protecting America's Waterways.

We are the recipients of the 2013 "In The Trenches Award" presented by The Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida. Our award was given during the 22nd annual Mayors Environmental Awards luncheon with this years theme, Advancing Environmental Stewardship.

..for contact information about this, donation based, conservation, restoration and clean-up non-profit organization, The Clean Waterway Society, Inc email:

..Donations can be mailed to The Clean Waterway Society 1212 Ribbon Road, St. Johns Florida 32259
..with our Sincere Thanks!....

..while viewing our blog..note there are several pages of "older posts" to check out.....

...Click on each photo for "the gallery view" ...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

...Bummer on Durbin Creek...

"The Celestina Community" on Race Track Road, behind 2 Private
 Gates, is building some type of  Large Dock structure directly on
 Durbin Creek.Those are historic bridge pilings from
"Sampson's Grade" on the right, pulled out of the
 creek and discarded...

 This structure is located across the end of The Red Trail in 
The Julington/Durbin Preserve that you can see across the creek.

 You can also see the poorly constructed, crooked,
water sampling station installed by The United States
Geological Survey folks in Durbin Creek.

..A Bummer on Durbin Creek...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Durbin Creek Flood Stage 2015

 ...The Bartram Canoe Trail Park...

 ..Heading out for a "Cut Day"...

 ..The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail feeds on the side of 
the overpass...

 ..Josh and I on our pack mule of a canoe...

..Don't miss this opportunity to paddle into Durbin Creek's
magical flooded swamp...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Heritage River Road Shoreline Clean Up

..We assisted a Coast Guard Crew out of Mayport
 for today's coastal clean up...

..One of the crew members found a fascinating
 "message in a bottle"..

..Today's nylon bundle kept out of the St Johns River...

 ..The Clean Waterway Society wrapping things up..

...Heritage River Road Shoreline is clean once again...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day 2015, Saturday, September 19th

 These bundles of fishing line left behind by fisherman are a
 recurring sight along Hertitage River Road and many 
of our waterways.

 During our cleanups we collect every bundle we see, 
imagine how many end up in our waterways we don't see.

 Many of these will end up blowing into the river and causing
 all kinds of problems for our marine life.

Please join groups from all over the country this Saturday for
 the 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, 2015. 
We will be cleaning the shoreline along the St. Johns River
at 8414 Heritage River Road, 32226 from 9am to noon. Bags
and gloves will be provided, please wear closed toe shoes and wear
sun protection. For additional information, email us at
..Thank You...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Durbin Creek is in "Super Flood" 9/13/2015

This is The Bartram Canoe Trail in it's Super-flooded 
condition, it's a rare treat to paddle the creek and access
 areas you normally can't get to...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Streaming South by Douglas J. Eng

..Please Visit..
Douglas J. Eng Artist/Photographer
Illuminations from a Journey Home
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Wilson Center for the Arts
August 24th to September 16th 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Paddle the Bartram Canoe Trail!

..Durbin Creek is full of water, the time to paddle is now!!
come and see the buttonbush in bloom...

..The duck boxes are holding strong...

..this is a new tree fall that we will come back to cut,
you can still paddle around it for now...

..this is a great example of a new large maple that fell to create
 a beautiful tree arch that will continue to grow because the 
base is still supported during the fall. This arch his 
highlighted by a massive air plant community..

"Leaves are falling all around, it's time I was on my way"

..indeed, fall is coming to durbin creek....

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy Creek!

Finally! These last couple of storm systems have
produced a lot of welcome rain for the watershed.
This is the park view today, Get on It!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Warren Anderson Rocks!

Left to right, Chris Naff, Warren Anderson, Andy Miller and
 Eric Bersinger boating during our ground truthing exploration 
in preparation for The Greater Jacksonville Paddling Guide.
We would like to congratulate Warren Anderson for earning the
 2015 Charles E. Bennett Champion of the Environment Award!
This is the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board's
Highest Award and well deserved.
Please visit

Sunday, June 14, 2015

...Our new home found us...

Meet our new shop.
After a long search we are so fortunate to partner with some
great friends and found an incredible space that will allow
us to grow our organization.
 We are located in downtown Jacksonville's urban core
 in the historic LaVilla neighborhood.
Once we are fully moved in and get set up we'll have 
an open house so you can come and check us out!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Don't text and Paddle!

Paddler alert! This tree came down 2 days ago
just North of the park..Josh will get it on Monday..

..Thanks to our buds at The Crowne Plaza Hotel we
finally got some sand for the launch and we have more 
on the way from St. Johns County to repair the road.
Tyler Simons and Josh, getting things done...

 ..A non-poisonous banded water snake
 hunting next to the launch..

This is the Apple Snail, they lay clusters of white eggs
 on vegetation that allow the new snails to drop 
into the creek each spring...

...The local bug control...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Volunteers helping Volunteers!

..Florida State Park Ranger Jeff Nelson and his dad were kind
 enough to set up a "Go Fund Me Account" to raise enough
 money to buy the materials and build a new picnic table
and kiosk for us...

..Our new Kiosk and picnic table will be installed soon at
 The Bartram Canoe Trail Park. Jeff is based out of
 Ravine Gardens State Park..

 ..Jeff Nelson and his dad ROCK!!!
We are most grateful for your hard work..

..Went by the park today to check the water level and here was the 
view from the south tip of the island just across Durbin Creek
 from the launch. Can you see all 5 non-poisonous 
 Banded Water Snakes in this one shot?
(hint, top left)

..Apple Snail Eggs near the launch...

...Dragons were out in force..

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day 2015 Celebration

We were invited to attend The St. Johns County Parks and
 Recreation Department's 11th Annual Bartram Bash
at Alpine Groves Park

  ..The pier...

...Justin Bersinger helped run our booth..

..Top of the bluff view, this is a beautiful, passive 
and quiet park to explore..

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

..Your paddle is calling...

..This mornings "creek check"...water level is back up 8 to 10 inches
 due to the recent weather system. Drop your social media for a
 while to enjoy some "aboriginal exploration"..
...with a boat and your paddle...

..Caution on the current launch surface as this years flooding has
 washed away the top soils exposing big chunks of concrete
 debris from the bridge overpass construction. Hopefully we will
 have a sand donation to restore the launch surface
to protect your canoes and kayaks soon...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gourd Island Conservation Area Hike

..Josh and I hiked the Gourd Island Conservation Area
to explore the confluence of both Durbin and Sampson creeks..

..This area provides significant water resource 
protection for both creek systems...

..The Old Logging Bridge...

..Sampson Creek flowing through one of the culverts..

..One of the beautiful virgin longleaf pine trees,
they can live 500 years...

..Here is the confluence of both creeks. Sampson in the foreground 
and Durbin flowing right to left in the rear...