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FORCE - FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION eNEWSLETTER March 2011 2010 PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995 772-225-6849
March 24, 2011

At our general membership meeting March 31 the Rivers Coalition will review a recent focus group session concerning the accomplishments and future of the organization as the estuary faces new and critical challenges and developments.
Chairman Leon Abood will report on the workshop which was designed to evaluate Rivers Coalition activities and consider broadened efforts for the future. "We've come a long way in spotlighting the estuary's pollution troubles," Abood said, "and now we have to reach out for additional ways to help our waters."
The coalition meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Stuart City Hall. All concerned citizens are welcome. There's plenty of free parking and even coffee and donuts await you.
Many believe that this year is an especially difficult time for the estuary in terms of pollution control and water management.
Gov. Scott and forces friendly to his plans are pushing for a whopping 67 per cent cut in the state's Everglades restoration budget, a move that river advocates fear will gravely diminish an already faltering attempt to get help for the besieged St. Lucie river.
The proposed cutback comes at the same time as powerful interests are revving up to block measures that would curtail toxic levels of phosphorus that trigger devastating algae blooms and other damages.
Meanwhile, discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie have been minimized by the good work of one Mother Nature, not by any changes in Glades plumbing or operations. Unfortunately, damaging releases from inland are expected when heavy summer rains return this year or next as part of warming oceanic oscillations.
A federal lawsuit by the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund contends that unnatural discharges from the drainage system are an unconstitutional taking of riparian property rights. The case is in the name of 22 waterfront owners although the cause itself is on behalf of the estuary overall. The owners would receive no individual compensations. There has been no decision yet from the three-judge panel in Washington, D.C.
"Whatever happens on the lawsuit, we've compiled mountains of powerful evidence that can be used in numerous ways to fight for a storage-flowway south from the lake," said a Defense Fund advocate.
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What's Happening at the March Meeting?
Thursday March 31, 2011
11am to 12:30pm at:
City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, Fl 34994
Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
• S.W.O.T. Results - Leon Abood
• Legal Update - Karl Wickstrom
• WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry/George Jones
• Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing
• ROGER “River of Grass Estuary/Everglades Restoration” - Ted Guy
Coalition Committee Reports
• Water Quality - Mark Perry
• Local issues - Ian Pollack
• State / Federal Issues - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray/Ian Pollack
• IRL / CERP - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
• Martin County Updates - Paul Millar
• ROG “River of Grass” Update - George Jones/John Marshall
Progress Reports
• South Florida Water Mgmt - Jayne Bergstrom
• DEP - Jerilyn Krug
Speakers Bureau Update!
On March 17th, Bob Voisinet addressed the Port St. Lucie Sunset Rotary Club. His discussion included topics such as the effects of freshwater discharges on the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, oyster restoration and an update on the Rivers Coalition lawsuit.
Jim Harter spoke to about 20 residents of Palm Cove. It was a lengthy discussion with a considerable amount of questions by the residents. Much of the time was spent on the history of Lake O and the proposed solution (Plan 6) to return the flow way south.
Pictured is Bob Goldberg of the Sunrise Stuart Rotary Club along with Bob Voisinet and Todd Weissing.
If you would like the Rivers Coalition to present to your group or organization, please contact Todd Weissing at 772-223-6743 or email at
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