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FORCE - FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION eNEWSLETTER January 2010 PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995 772-225-6849
January 19, 2010

The toxic green algae that too often slimes our estuary is mainly caused by agricultural runoff, leading the Rivers Coalition to support strong new laws against damaging nutrient pollution.
In a letter to state authorities signed by Chair Leon Abood, the Coalition supports the basic concept that any new developments should not cause more runoff than occurred prior to development.
"The Rivers Coalition will continue to fight for a safe, healthy and ecologically balanced St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon," the letter pledges, adding: "We encourage DEP to implement strong regulations to protect Florida's estuaries."
The state is under new pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce specific limits on runoffs of nitrogen and phosphorous. Long-delayed action is considered essential.
Coming hearings and other factors concerning the pollution rule will be covered at the Jan. 28 Rivers Coalition meeting at 11 a.m. at Stuart City Hall. Citizens supporting the continuing battle against excessive pollution are urged to attend.
Click here for more information.
"No, don't throw me into that water!" Neil Subin might have been thinking when he was tossed into the St. Lucie River recently.
But it was in fun and Subin didn't mind being doused by his fishing buddies as a traditional gesture after his team won the Stuart Sailfish Club's Light Tackle Tournament with the most sailfish releases.
The Sewall's Point angler promptly gave $2,500 of his winnings to the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund.
Other Sewall's Point residents are urged to follow Subin's lead, encouraged to do so in a new letter to all from Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, who is spearheading fund-raising in the area.
Funding is needed for the Coalition's continuing fight to restore and protect the estuary, through legal actions and advocacy.
A special Donor Honor Roll on the website lists supporters in various categories.
We promise you won't get thrown in the river.
Meanwhile other recent donations have come from:
William & Cecilia Anspach $5,000.00
David True Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley $2,500.00
Pirates Cove Resort & Marina $1,165.00
Mr. & Mrs. James Webert $1,000.00
Robert & Marilyn May $1,000.00
Martin County Leadership Alumni $1,000.00
Michael Noll $1,000.00
Robert Bangert $1,000.00
Susan R & John W Sullivan Foundation $500.00
Donald Robert Kurtz $200.00
Cristi Hernandez $200.000
Circle Bay Yacht Club $100.00
De La Bahia Club $100.00
M.DeMott $100.00
William Snyder $100.00
John & Barbara Grimmer $100.00
Click here to View the Honor Roll
What's Happening?
Thursday January 28, 2010
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
• WRAC - Ted Guy/Mark Perry
Coalition Committee Reports
• Water Quality - Mark Perry
• Local issues - Ed Fielding
• State / Federal Issues - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
• IRL / CERP - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
• Martin County Updates - Paul Millar
• ROG Update - George Jones
Progress Reports
• South Florida Water Mgmt - Jayne Bergstrom
• DEP - Jerilyn Krug
New "Save My River" T-shirts featuring an attractive painting of the St. Lucie River wildlife will be available for purchase at the January 2010 meeting.

Read about the T-shirts here:
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Thank you for all your support.
Editor: Jessica Briske
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