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FORCE - FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION eNEWSLETTER May 2011 2010 PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995 772-225-6849
May 25, 2011

River advocates have an extraordinary opportunity to learn the latest (and scary) info on toxic levels of pollutants that besiege our St. Lucie estuary and the entire Everglades eco-system. Don't miss it.
One of the state's strongest spokespersons against excessive nutrient pollution, will give us the lowdown and field questions at the Rivers Coalition meeting at 11 a.m. May 26 at Stuart City Hall. She is Cris Costello, veteran communicator with the Florida Sierra Club.
The future of the St. Lucie depends heavily on whether we stem the flow of poisionous pollutants, especially in wet times. Conservationists warn that government policies continue to pamper the "pollution establishment" that allows degrading levels of phosphorous, nitrogen, mercury and other pathogens.
Costello will explain what a number of communities, including Martin, have done to limit some homeowner uses of phosporous/nitrogen fertilizers. But many say that little has been done to stop damages from agricultural runoffs.
To read background on the toxic nutrient problem, go to and click on The Phosphorous Bomb on the website's front page.
The May 26 meeting is open to the public at no charge and there's plenty of free parking. Even coffee and donuts await you.
Click here for more information.
What's Happening at the May Meeting?
Thursday May 26, 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
• Committee Review - Leon Abood
• Guest Speaker - Cris Costello
“Toxic Pollution Crisis”
• 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 - Mark Perry/George Jones
• State / Federal Issues - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
• 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!
If any of our newsletter recipients belong to or know of an organization that would benefit from having the Rivers Coalition speak at one of their meetings, we would love the opportunity. Please email the Rivers Coalition or contact Todd Weissing directly at 772-223-6743 or
Click here to email us.
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Editor: Jessica Briske
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