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PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995


October 21, 2011


Although those recent "sod-soakers" were welcome antidotes to our persistent  drought ills, the rains do nothing to prevent long term trouble from the man made discharges to the coasts.


Let's hear from the experts on where we stand and what's expected, at the Rivers Coalition general meeting at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at Stuart City Hall.


The public  meeting will wrap up an interesting, to say the least, year of political happenings that leave in doubt the chance of  getting a storage-flowway developed to send south from Lake Okeechobee the hundreds of billions of gallons of  water that is shunted off to both coasts in wet years in order to drain the Everglades Agricultural Area.


We hope to see you at the Oct. 27 meeting. There's plenty of free parking,  and even coffee and donuts await you at this final general meeting of the year. But just as it's said that the polluters never sleep, RC leaders will continue during the off months  to support necessary reforms.


This may be a good time for everyone to review the worlds of strong info at the website.

What's Happening at the October Meeting?

Thursday October 27, 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

• River Kidz Update - Leon Abood

• Committee Review - Leon Abood

• Updates on Rain Events & Water Management Conditions - Karl Wickstrom/Paul Gray    

• 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 - Boyd Gunsalus   

We are excited to invite you to two upcoming events!

Please mark your calendars and join us!


Family Day at the Environmental Studies Center

2900 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach

This Saturday, October 22nd

10 am – 2 pm

Free hot dogs, free crafts, visit the Wet Lab  

meet the NEW loggerhead turtle resident ~ Joey the Alligator and more!


River Kidz will have a table with our awesome $5 t-shirts for sale.

Please come with your River Kidz t-shirts on and show your RK spirit while supporting the Environmental Studies Center! This is a great chance to show your parents all the cool stuff you learn and do at the Center during your school field trips!



River Parentz Social

Crazy Hat Night


Kona Beach Café

Thursday, October 27

3340 NE Pineapple Ave, Jensen Beach

6:30 – 8 pm


This is our first get-together – without the Kidz – to have adult talk, hang out with friends and get to know each other!


We will have special guests from the River Coalition to tell us what’s happening and how we can get involved with saving our river now and in the future. LIVE MUSIC!

Speakers Bureau Update!

Rivers Coalition presents to the Martin County Democratic Club STUART — Leon Abood, Chairman, of the Rivers Coalition met with the Martin County Democratic Club on October 5th, 2011 at the Best Western in Stuart.


His educational presentation included information on how discharges from Lake Okeechobee damage the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.


Our area has one of the world’s most diverse animal and plant life. When subjected to periods of high fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee, oyster beds and marine sea grass communities, home to hundreds of life forms, are eliminated, and manatees, porpoises and coastal birds lose habitat and leave.


These are just a few of the many ongoing issues the Rivers Coalition is fighting against.


There is a solution. For ways you can help please visit also for more information on the Rivers Coalition Speakers Bureau contact Todd Weissing at

(772) 223-6743 or

Click here to email us.

Rivers Coalition is a supporter of Eco-Voice!

How to Become a Member?


Membership is free! If you are interested in helping save the environment of SW Florida, you may join Eco-voice by going to and selecting subscribe.


Click Here to Join Eco-Voice on FaceBook.

Ted's Articles of Interest

Key West Editorial


Rivers Coalition Presents to the Martin County Democratic Club

Heavy rain forces sugar growers to suspend harvest

Anthony Westbury: Up the creek with no paddle — but we're studying the problem

Talks to jump start Everglades cleanup are just that, a start


ACTION ALERT: Protect Florida's Water TODAY! 


Growing Algae Could Clean the Chesapeake Bay, Create Biofuel 

One year after U.S. Sugar land deal, property still waiting for Everglades restoration

Charles Lee: Everglades Headwaters proposal critical to future success

Sugar deal going sour

Caloosahatchee woes

Painting To Be Raffled on October 27th!

"Save Our River" T-shirts featuring an attractive painting of the St. Lucie River wildlife available for purchase at our next meeting. Last chance to win the origional paitning by Mark Johnson. We will draw the winner at the October 27th meeting.


Read about the T-shirts here:



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Editor: Jessica Briske

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