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FORCE - FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION eNEWSLETTER

PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849 www.RiversCoalition.org

February 2012

February 23, 2012 - Special Presentation!

Streamlining Central Everglades Project Planning!


John Marshall will present an approach to streamlining the Central Everglades Project Planning (CEPP) process, to meet shorter time lines. 

 

John Arthur Marshall, Chairman of the Board,

Chair, Science & Technology Committee,

Arthur R. Marshall Foundation & Florida Environmental Institute, Inc.

A Hands-on grassroots.org (www.ArtMarshall.org)

Declaring 2012 the Year of "It's my Everglades, too"

 

 

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday Feb 23 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday March 29 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday April 25 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday May 31 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday June 28 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday July 25 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursday August 30 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday Sept 27 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday October 24 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

What's Happening at the February 23rd Meeting?

11am-12:30pm

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

Special Presentation - "Streamlining Central Everglades Project Planning!" - John Arthur Marshall

River Kidz - David Brown/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!

Jim Harter, a member of the Rivers Coalition Speakers Bureau, presented to about 45 men and women from the Stuart Rotary Club, on February 15th.  We were very pleased to find that the members of the Stuart Rotary Club were well informed and very interested in the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.  Many of the attendees signed up for the Force Newsletter.

 

If you have an organization that you feel that the Rivers Coalitions should make a presentation at one of their meetings, please contact Todd Weissing at ctodd_weissing@ml.com or 772-223-6743.

 

 

Click here to email us.

The Kidz have been busy! George Jones, Indian Riverkeeper, was our recent guest speaker at the "Drain Marker Party" in Sewall's Point. He taught the Kidz about

 

drains, sewers and runoff and how all the water goes to the river; Evie Flaugh and Naia Mader accepted the "Youth Innovation Award" on behalf of the River Kidz at the "Keep Martin Beautiful

 

Environmental Stewardship Awards"; Brenda Leigh's collage "River Kids" is made out of all the art posters created at September's Lemonade Fundraiser 2011

 

and is up for display at the Town Hall of Sewall's Point and next Martin County, City of Stuart and hopefully the Town of Jupiter Island;

 

the Kidz showed up en mass for the protest against House Bill 421, Fertilizer Preemption, that was defeated in the Florida Senate! GO KIDZ!

 

Please friend us on Facebook at RIVER KIDZ to follow us and

all the cool things we are doing!


Drain Marker Party


Guest speaker, George Jones and Kidz learning about drains, storm sewers, and runoff leading to the Indian River Lagoon.

 

Winners of the Environmental Stewardship Award, Naia, Evie and the all the River Kidz!

Drain markers attached in Sewall's Point to sewers for public awareness

 

Brenda Lerigh's "River Kidz Collage" now publicly  displayed

Protest against HB 421 Fertilizer Preemption Bill, Stuart Causeway

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 www.eco-voice.org and selecting subscribe.

 

Click Here to Join Eco-Voice on FaceBook.

Ted's Articles of Interest

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force SCG Sponsored Public Workshop on Science - Video Outline - South Florida Water Management District

 

Not So Sweet: The Intricacies of Big and Little Sugar - Working In These Times

 

U.S. Sugar Corp spent $907k and Florida Crystals spent $570k to lobby the Florida Legislature in 2011


Scientists Measure Carbon And Mercury Coming Out Of South Florida Mangroves

 

WSVN-TV - $232M proposed for Everglades restoration

 

State funding for Everglades restoration at risk - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

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:

http://www.riverscoalition.org/t-shirts.php

 

 


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Thank you for all your support.

 

Editor: Jessica Briske


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