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PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995


January 2012

January 26, 2012 - Special Guest, Shannon Estenoz



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


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. 


Upcoming Meetings

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

What's Happening at the January 26th Meeting?


Rivers Coalition public meetings are held at the city of Stuart commission chambers, 121 SW Flagler Ave. Everyone's support is needed.


Free parking, coffee & donuts!


Business Matters

Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood

Guest Speaker - Shannon Estenoz

River Kidz - Nicole Mader

Committee Reports - 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 - Mark Perry/George Jones 

State / Federal Issues - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray 

IRL / CERP - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray 

Martin County Updates - Don Donaldson

ROG “River of Grass” Update - George Jones/John Marshall


Progress Reports

South Florida Water Mgmt - Boyd Gunsalus 

Speakers Bureau Update!


On January 18th, Bob Voisinet of the Rivers Coalition, had the pleasure of presenting to the Woman’s Club of Stuart.  With about 75 guests in attendance, Bob spoke about the harmful effects of the discharges from Lake Okeechobee, the different issues we have endured over time, and the solutions to those problems.  The women showed much concern for the issues at hand.


If you know of an organizations that would like the Rivers Coalition to address, please contact Todd Weissing at 223-6743 or


Click here to email us.

Dear River Kidz and Parentz,


We just wanted to wish you a happy new year and provide you with a list of River Kidz events that are in the making for 2102. Please mark you calendars and look for future updates. Also Facebook is a great way to keep River Kidz as part of your life!


January: Independent Artwork or poem. Please draw a River Kidz picture or write a 3 line River Poem and drop it off at the Town Hall of Sewall's Point or email to This artwork will be used on Facebook.


February 8th, Environmental Stewardship Awards: (River Kidz is a nominee.) All are welcome!


February 11 & 12, "Drain Markers Party", Town of Sewall's Point ("Drains to River" drain markers will be attached to Sewall's Point sewers with adult supervision)


March 24, "Artfest" River Kidz will participate and display their art.


April 21, "River Days" Town of Sewall's Point Park trash pick up and FDOT sign painting.


April 22, "Environmental Studies Center Earthday" River Kidz participate and have a River/Enviro Face Painting Booth.


April 28, "City of Stuart/Memorial Park Event" Kidz will sell lemonade and have face painting booth and pick up trash in the park.


May 20, "City of Stuart/"Rockin' River Kidz" at Jazz in the Park." Kidz have a booth for awareness and sell lemonade.



Rivers Coalition is a Eco-Voice Sponsor!

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

Palm Beach Post


Into the Swamp/Earthjustice


Judge offers qualified praise for state Glades efforts - Florida -


Judge urges federal, state officials to continue progress on Everglades restoration efforts -


Judge Demands More Action In Everglades Restoration CBS Miami


Editorial: Pulling together for the Everglades Marco Eagle


Everglades Initiative director to speak at Rivers Coalition meeting Jan. 26 in Stuart


Eve Samples: Gov. Scott is saying the right things about the Everglades, but will it last?


Nelson promising legislation to speed up Everglades restoration

Painting To Be Raffled in 2012!

"Save Our River" T-shirts featuring an attractive painting of the St. Lucie River wildlife available for purchase at our next meeting. You still have a chance to win the original painting by Mark Johnson.


Read about the T-shirts here:



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Thank you for all your support.


Editor: Jessica Briske

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