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FORCE - FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION eNEWSLETTER

PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995

772-225-6849 www.RiversCoalition.org

December 2012

Join us in 2013 for a schedule filled with guest speakers and plenty of agenda items for the public to get involved with!

Our first meeting of 2013 will be January 31st at the city of Stuart Commission chambers at 121 SW Flagler Ave.

 

For our first meeting of the year we welcome, guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. Greco from the Army Corps of Engineers. He will talk to the Rivers Coalition and the public regarding "The Corps of Engineers and Ecosystem Restoration".

 

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. Greco currently serves as the Deputy District Commander for South Florida, Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

Click here to view Colonel Thomas M. Greco's entire bio.

 

2013 Meetings

Jan 31 11:00am-12:30pm

Feb 28 11:00am-12:30pm

Mar 21 11:00am-12:30pm

April 25 (night meeting) 6:00pm-7:30pm

May 30 11:00am-12:30pm

Jun 27 11:00am-12:30pm

July 25 (night meeting) 6:00pm-7:30pm

Aug 29 11:00am-12:30pm

Sep 26 11:00am-12:30pm

Oct 24 (night meeting) 6:00pm-7:30pm

 

 

SIGN OUR PETITION!!!!

 

Let's Restore the Florida Everglades! 

 

Stop Wasteful, Harmful Discharges to Sea. Send Excess Lake Okeechobee Water South instead of destroying our Coastal Estuaries.

 

We petitioners urgently ask that government agencies stop discharging unnatural flows from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie River and restore the historic River of Grass southward.

 

Please pass along to everyone and get signatures.

 

Please join this campaign: Click Here

 

Click here to find us on Facebook!

Speakers Bureau!

There is a solution. For ways you can help please visit http://www.RiversCoalition.org also for more information on the Rivers Coalition Speakers Bureau contact Todd Weissing at (772) 223-6743 or ctodd_weissing@ml.com.

 

Click here to email us.

Rivers Coalition’s River Kidz Have Had an Impressive Year!

 

The release of water from Lake Okeechobee into Martin County’s local waterways has become a problem for residents, but a local group of kids have decided to take a stand. The River Kidz could be seen at the St. Lucie Locks and Dam Wednesday, September 19 protesting and chanting, “Save our rivers, stop the discharges.” And that’s exactly what they are working toward.

 

The Rivers Coalition’s affiliate, River Kidz, set the example that children do have a voice in what happens to the future of our rivers. This past year they've raised $4,821.99 and donated money to the Environmental Studies Center and the Florida Oceanographic Society. Moreover, the River Kidz launched a petition for local, state and federal governments to stop agricultural fertilizer run off into the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River that has 265 signatures and counting.

This year, they were also recognized at Keep Martin Beautiful’s Environmental Stewardship Awards where they received the “Youth Innovation Award.” River Kidz have taken action by not only cleaning the waterways with Keep Martin Beautiful during the International Coastal Cleanup September 15, but also raised money with the 2nd annual lemonade stand that day and various other fundraisers throughout the year.

 

To raise awareness year-round, the River Kidz have created collages posted in the various commission offices throughout Martin County, contributed to the Surfrider Foundation in conjunction to Stop Oil Drilling. They even have their own song and poems which aired on MCTV and can now be found on YouTube.com.  And in addition to their own protest, the River Kidz participated in a mass protest against House Bill 421, fertilizer preemption that was defeated in the Florida Senate.

 

Most recently to end the River Kidz spectacular year they met with Justin Riney an environmental activist and founder of MOTHER OCEAN. He paddle boarded the entire 156 length of the Indian River Lagoon was greeted at his stop in Martin County by the River Kidz  and given a key to the Town of Sewall's Point, the Kidz founding city. They deployed reefballs and oysters with Enviro-Force and Florida Oceanographic. They even participated and led two protests at the St Lucie Locks and Dam against the polluted freshwater releases of Lake Okeechobee that destroy seagrasses and the animals that depend on it. Senator Joe Negron and Chair Sarah Heard joined the Kidz in their efforts. They participated in the Environmental Studies Center Open House, the Children's Home Society, and even the Stuart Christmas Parade!

 

The kids are making a difference and fulfilling their mission: "to speak out, get involved and raise awareness because we believe kids should have a voice in the future of our rivers."

 

To say the least, the River Kidz are showing that they do have a voice in the say of the future of our rivers and they are going to make it known. For more information on the Rivers Coalition and the River Kidz visit www.riverscoalition.org.

 

 

 

River Kidz "2nd Annual Lemonade Stand & Clean Up" 2012

 

River Kidz Recycled FDOT Sign Project, 2012

 

Be sure to check out the River Kidz website.

 

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 change.org! 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 www.riverscoalition.org 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 www.eco-voice.org and selecting subscribe.

 

Click Here to Join Eco-Voice on FaceBook.

Ted's Articles of Interest

When St. Lucie River suffers, Martin's economy, quality of life, residents' health suffer

Indian Riverkeeper - Advocating for the Lagoon

 

U.S. Justice Dept.

 

SLE POLLUTION

 

Riverwatch

Report Finds Water Pollution in Florida Costs up to $10.5 Billion, Annually

Feds seek another delay for Fla. water standards

Captured II: Everglades

 

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

 

Storing more water farther north could lessen damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges

 

Everglades Hub

 

St. Lucie Lock and Dam (S-80)- Daily Morning Report (Click Here for the Full Article)

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Thank you for all your support.

 

Editor: Jessica Briske

 

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