Jacksonville has two urban creeks that are important tributaries to the St. Johns River: McCoys Creek, just west of downtown, flows from North Riverside to Brooklyn. Hogans Creek begins just north of UF Health Jacksonville and flows through historic Springfield. Both creeks suffer from years of neglect and pollution, and cause flooding during heavy rainfall. Our 10-year goal is to restore McCoys and Hogans creeks to glistening gems along the Emerald Trail where visitors can safely swim, fish and kayak.
We work with community groups like Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, The Sierra Club, Springfield Preservation and Revitalization (SPAR), the North Riverside Community Redevelopment Corporation (CDC), various corporations and hundreds of volunteers to clean up litter and debris from these creeks and along the Emerald Trail that otherwise would make it’s way into the St. Johns River and possibly into the stomachs of birds, fish and wildlife.