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January 2013

The St. Lucie Needs Your

Involvement Now More than EVER!!!


This month we welcome, 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.


Rivers Coalition public meetings are held at the city of Stuart commission chambers, 121 SW Flagler Ave. Coffee & Donuts will be provided, plenty of parking. Come show your support!


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What's Happening at the Thursday January 31st

Meeting at 11am?

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

    Special Presentation: Army Corps of Engineers - Lieutenant Colonel Thomas M. Greco

•    Committee Reports - Liz Elliott

•    River Kidz - David Brown/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

•    Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update - Charles Grande

•    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 & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson/

      Paul Gray

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

     John Marshall

Government & Agency Progress Reports

•    Martin County Updates - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson

•    South Florida Water Mgmt District - Boyd Gunsalus

•    FDEP - Mary Murphy



Upcoming Meetings

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

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.

The River Kidz have been very busy and will continue to raise awarness throughout 2013!


The River Kidz walked in the Stuart Christmas Parade, along with Florida Oceanographic Society, they attended the ORCA (Ocean Research and Conservation Assoc.) Carl Hiassen Young Readers Hour at the Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce and were able to all sit in the front row of the lecture and ask Mr. Hiassen questions about his experiences. River Kidz also donated $120 towards ORCA for their big Fundraising Event.


The Winning signs have been displayed at Martin County Board of County Commission.




A huge THANK YOU goes out to Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch!

She has started a program at Felix Williams called Felix River Kidz. Check out the Felix Williams Newsletter!


Evie Flaugh, co founder of the River Kidz wrote a paper for Martin Luther King Day for her class at Stuart Middle School. Please click here to read this great paper!


Upcoming Events!

The Kidz will be building nursery reefs (Reef Balls) with Benjamin D'Avanzo of EnviroForce, in cooperation with Martin County and Florida Oceanographic Society on Saturday, March 9th at 10am.  


Also, the River Kidz will be at Environmental Studies Center, Saturday, April 20th for Earth Day, painting faces and creating river awareness!


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.


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 to Sign - Make a difference!


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Thank you for all your support.


Editor: Jessica Briske


PO Box 2627

Stuart, Fl 34995





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