FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rivers Coalition welcomes U.S. Department of Interior’s Shannon Estenoz as guest speaker for January, adds evening meetings to increase attendance
Stuart, Fla. (January 9, 2012) – Citizens who support the Rivers Coalition’s mission but have a difficult time attending daytime meetings will now have a better opportunity to participate in the issues affecting the health of the St. Lucie River. The Rivers Coalition’s new 2012 meeting schedule includes six morning meetings that begin at 11:00 a.m. and three evening meetings that begin at 6:00 p.m. All meetings are open to Rivers Coalition members and the general public.
River’s Coalition meetings begin with organization & committee business followed by an educational program that highlights relevant issues facing the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. Each month’s meeting features a different speaker and environmental topic related to the River.
To start the New Year, the Jan. 26 meeting will feature Shannon Estenoz, Director of the Everglades Restoration Initiative for the U.S. Department of Interior. Rivers Coalition members and the general public will have an opportunity to hear first hand timely information regarding Everglades restoration including the funding of approved CERP projects.
“We are looking forward to a productive year of raising awareness and increasing membership as we work to preserve and improve the health of the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon,” said Leon Abood, River Coalition Chairman. “By having some of the meetings in the evening, we hope it will be more convenient for people to come out and support this important cause.”
For more information about the Rivers Coalition and ways to help, visit www.riverscoalition.org.
About the River’s Coalition
The Rivers Coalition formed in 1998 as a result of the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The Rivers Coalition is a broad based, grass roots organization of Businesses, Environmental & Civic groups representing over 300,000 individuals. The Rivers Coalition’s mission is to fight for a safe, healthy and ecologically balanced St. Lucie River Estuary and Indian River Lagoon. In the past 50 years, the health of the river and lagoon has been deteriorating and will continue to do so without an active citizenry. Natural resources are a vital component to the quality of life and long term economic sustainability of Martin County and the Treasure Coast. The Rivers Coalition is working to educate the public about these looming ramifications and activate the local community to take action to preserve the river and lagoon.
Thursday Jan 26 11 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday Feb 23 11 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday March 29 11 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday April 25 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday May 31 11 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday June 28 11 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday July 25 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday August 30 11 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday Sept 27 11 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday October 24 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm