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FORCE - FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION eNEWSLETTER August 2009 PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995 772-225-6849

Hi Ho, It's Off to Court We Go!
Don't miss next week's Rivers Coalition meeting when we'll update everyone on the coming federal court hearing about our riparian rights lawsuit seeking to end discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary.

This important general meeting is at 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at Stuart City Hall.

The Court of Federal Claims hearing is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 17 in Washington. The Rivers Coalition Defense Fund board will be there to support our long and difficult campaign. Our plaintiffs and others are urged to attend as well.

The lawsuit is based on our claim that discharges by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have repeatedly violated citizens' constitutional riparian rights to enjoy water free of unreasonably polluted water.

The Martin County Commission, City of Stuart, the town of Sewall's Point and thousands of persons and organizations are supporting the action.

September is usually a gorgeous time to visit Washington. You might want to combine a family outing with a visit to the federal courtroom. Judicial action is considered essential to force creation of a south outlet from Lake O that would relieve the estuaries of the pollution bombardments sent from inland into the St. Lucie.
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What's Happening?

Thursday August 27, 2009
11am to 12:30pm at:
City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, Fl 34994

Business Matters
*  Chairman's Comments - Leon Abood
*  Legal Update - Karl Wickstrom
*  Fundraising - Karl Wickstrom
*  Events - Jessica Briske
*  WRAC - Ted Guy/Ed Fielding

Coalition Committee Reports
*  Water Quality - Mark Perry
*  Local Issues - Mark Perry/Ed Fielding
*  State/Federal Issues - Kevin Henderson/Paul Gray
*  IRL/CERP - Kevin Henderson/Paul Gray
*  Martin County Updates - Paul Millar

Progress Reports
*  South Florida Water Mgmt - Deena Reepen/Kim Shugar
*  DEP - Jerilyn Krug

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Save the Date

Rivers Coalition participating in the Martin County Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival September 18, 19, and 20.
Stop by and visit our booth!

Gates open 9am till 6pm everyday.

Festival will be at the Martin County Fairgrounds is located at 2616 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart FL and is easy to access from the Florida Turnpike and I 95. There is plenty of free parking.

Visit the Martin County Nautical Flea Market website for more information.

Volunteers Needed

The Rivers Coalition needs help in manning our booth September 18, 19, and 20.

Please contact Jessica Briske if you would like to help. or

New "Save My River" T-shirts featuring an attractive painting of the St. Lucie River wildlife will be available for purchase at the August 27 meeting.

Read about the T-shirts here:
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Thank you for all your support.
Editor: Jessica Briske
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Rivers Coalition • PO Box 2627 • Stuart • FL • 34995

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