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PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995


June 2012

Come Out for Your Troubled St. Lucie River

At Meetings Both Tuesday and Thursday

You're needed for an important double-header next week about the future of the St. Lucie River.


First, on Tuesday, June 26, the government's task force brings its workshop show to town, at the Indian Riverside Park here in Stuart. The talk and presentations run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Public input, including that from the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund, will be available at about 3 p.m. according to organizers, whose website is at Although everyone generally favors significant action to restore and protect the estuary, many say that the planning thus far will do virtually nothing to stop massive discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie in wet years.


It's crucial for river advocates to follow proceedings and speak up at the workshop.


Second, on Thursday June 28, the Rivers Coalition, will meet at 11 a.m. at Stuart City Hall to dig into the status of possible reforms for handling the estuary's waters.


As usual there's plenty of free parking, no admission and even coffee and donuts. We've got the light on for you.


So...plan your time to attend both meetings. The compromised river still cries out for your support and action.

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Upcoming Meetings

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

Wednesday, July 25 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Night Meeting

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 - Night Meeting

What's Happening at the June 28th Meeting?


When: Thursday June 28, 2012

11am – 12:30pm at:

Where: City of Stuart Commission Chambers

121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, Fl 34994 


Business Matters

•    Chairman’s Comments - George Jones

•    Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update - Karl Wickstrom 

    Backpumping Issue - Pete Quasius

•    Committee Update - Rob Ranieri        

•    River Kidz - David Brown/Nicole Mader

•    Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing


Coalition  Reports

•    Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry/George Jones

•    WRAC    “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry/George Jones

•    Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray

•    ROGER “River of Grass Estuary/Everglades Restoration” - Ted Guy/John Marshall


Government & Agency Progress Reports

•    South Florida Water Mgmt District - Boyd Gunsalus

•    FDEP - Mary Murphy

Speakers Bureau Update!


Monday, June 18th Kevin Henderson presented to the SMARTS Group (Seniors Making A Round Trip Somewhere).  The SMARTS Group started 13 years ago with only 13 members and has grown to 200 members with about 100 people on their waiting list.  As always Kevin Henderson’s presentation was very informative and fascinating.  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  


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This month the River Kidz are working together with the FWC, Martin County, and Greg Braun to produce a little booklet supporting Bird Island being designated a 'Critical Wildlife Area." Cover drawing, "wood stork mother and chick", by Mary Thurlow


A major project this month for the River Kidz was the deployment of REEF BALLS in the St Lucie River. Organized by Benjamin D'Avanzo with EnviroForce: this hands on project helps Kidz understand the importance of building habitat for fish and other critters of the river. The project was done at FOS with Jim Moir & Vincent and the Oyster deployment was at Flagler Park. Kidz got their hands dirty and had fun.

Be sure to check out the River Kidz website, we have added some new items.

Also, make sure you check out the newest addition: 10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!


Check out the River Kidz on MCTV!

River Kidz on MCTV singing the River Kidz Anthem!

River Kidz Poems on MCTV!


Sign the River Kidz petition on! The petition is asking for all government agencies to limit agricultural fertilizer running into the rivers.

This is an ongoing petition. Please show your support and sign!

Click Here to Sign the Petition!


Please friend us on Facebook or go to to learn about all the cool things we are doing!

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

Environmental group: Scott lax on polluters - Sun Sentinel


The Nature Conservancy CEO Mark Tercek Thanks Senate for Passing Farm Bill and Protecting Nature | The Nature Conservancy


Senate Passes Farm Bill, but Tougher Road Seen in House -


Report: Everglades restoration going too slow - South Florida


Where Are the Clean Water Act Rules? -


Kissimmee video




Big breakthrough on farm bill - David Rogers -


VP Biden Toured Everglades Monday | NBC 6 Miami


Florida Gov. Rick Scott's efforts to restore Florida Everglades a good start in a complicated process - South Florida


American Rivers : Dirty Water in the Farm Bill


Florida Everglades Environmental Regulation: Historic Deal Reached This Week As EPA Approves $880 Million Agreement To Fight Damaging Water Runoff Into River of Grass | Rosa Eckstein Schechter - JDSupra


Everglades progress |


Painting To Be Raffled in July 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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