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PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995


July 2012


Early evening may be a perfect time to talk about and catch up on what's happening to the future of our St. Lucie estuary. Are we going to get repeats of the horrible discharge woes that struck in '03, '04 and '05?


Be there to hear about it at the Rivers Coalition's evening meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday July 25, at Stuart City Hall. Concerned citizens should speak up and take part in this vital community issue.


Our advocacy principles from the recent federal takings lawsuit are alive and well. While we didn't win a judgment, because of a highly disputed court ruling, we did bring the issues to the forefront as never before and garnered important official support.


PLUS, you may walk away from Wednesday's meeting with a gorgeous original painting of St. Lucie River wildlife by artist Mark Johnson, who is expected to be there to draw the winner's name.  Everyone who bought a Save My River t-shirt earned an entry. And we'll have t-shirts at the meeting for you to buy and enter the original artwork drawing.


Win the original or not, the t-shirts send great messages that you care. Pick up several for the family or associates.


The Rivers Coalition is now on FaceBook!

Go to and like us! 


Upcoming Meetings

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 July 25th Meeting?

Starts at 6:00 PM

Rivers Coalition public meetings are held at the city of Stuart commission chambers, 121 SW Flagler Ave.

Everyone's support is needed!

Business Matters

•    Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood

•    Painting Raffle - Leon Abood/Mark Johnson

•    Organizational Review- Leon Abood

•    Committee Reports - Leon Abood

•    River Kidz - David Brown/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

•    Legal Update - Karl Wickstrom

•    Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing

Coalition  Reports

•    Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry

•    WRAC    “Water Resources Advisory Commission” - Mark Perry

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

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


Government & Agency Progress Reports

•    Martin County Updates - Don Donaldson

•    South Florida Water Mgmt District - Boyd Gunsalus

•    FDEP - Mary Murphy

Speakers Bureau!


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.

This month the River Kidz participated in the Community Wide Clean up for Schools picking up trash at Jensen Beach.


Two Congressional candidates said they came to help support the Kidz and the Community, Bob Crowder and Patrick Murphy, as they are both on our RK's mailing list! The Kidz are forging some important influence and doing a great job of community outreach. GO KIDZ!

River Kidz Co Founder, Evie Flaugh picks up trash at the Community Wide Clean Up!

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

US Interior secretary urges continued Everglades commitment


Q&A with: Eric Eikenberg | The Florida Current


Judge shuts Big Cypress trails to swamp buggies - South Florida


Obama administration pledges $80 million more to Everglades restoration


Federal officials announce a new Everglades land buy


Webview : FACT CHECK: The U.S. Sugar Program Needs Reform Now


Letters: Costs won't go down; embrace new Everglades plan |


For Everglades plan to work, fund and verify - Tampa Bay Times


Water district plan bad for Everglades | The News-Press |

Eve Samples: Lots of talk about Everglades restoration; little real progress in sight for the St. Lucie River

Local Artist Mark Johnson to Raffle off Rivers Coalition Painting! Join us to see if you won!

"Save My River" T-shirts featuring an attractive painting of the St. Lucie River wildlife!

You will have one more chance to win at the beginning of the next Rivers Coalition meeting, buy your T-shirt now!


Read about the T-shirts here:




Don't forget to get your name on the Donor Honor Roll!

Click here to see if your name is on the list.

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Thank you for all your support.


Editor: Jessica Briske

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