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April 2013

Mark Perry to Present on"The Everglades and St. Lucie River; Flows & Current Issues"

on April 25th at 6PM!

Mark Perry will present the Everglades and St. Lucie River; Flows & Current Issues on Thursday April 25th, 6 PM at the City of Stuart's Commission Chambers at the Rivers Coalition meeting. Come and learn about how the Everglades history is attached to ours and what's going on currently in the efforts of restoration.  Including the St. Lucie Estuary watershed, Total Maximum Daily Load/BMAP, basin management action plan and what's ahead to fight for clean water. Get informed and take action.


Rivers Coalition public meetings are held at the city of Stuart commission chambers, 121 SW Flagler Ave. Plenty of parking. Come show your support!


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Rivers Coalition Partners with

Ian's Tropical Grill!

Want to support the River and have a nice night out? Go to Ian's Tropical Grill on East Ocean in the Stracuzzi Plaza, near Carson's.


Ian's Tropical Grill will donate $2.00 each for two choice drinks; the Indian River Lagoon and the Okeechobee Releases. On Friday, April 19th the Rivers Coalition and others tried the drinks and launched their partnership.


Chairman, Leon Abood said "We are very thankful that Ian's Tropical Grill chose us to partner with and to help SAVE OUR RIVER!"

On the right, the Indian River Lagoon and on the left The Okeechobee Release!

Both are delicious!


Left to right: Mike Flaugh, Mark Perry, Charles Grande, Mayor Eula Clarke, Eve Samples, Tyler Treadway, Commissioner John Haddox, Eric Grutka "owner of Ians Tropical Grill", Todd Weissing, Brenda Weissing, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Liz Elliott, Leon Abood, and Ed Lippisch

Eric Grutka "owner of Ian's Tropical Grill" and Chairman, Leon Abood

What's Happening at the NIGHT Meeting on

Thursday April 25th at 6PM?

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


Chairman, Leon Abood will be out of town so our Vice Chairman, Mark Perry will be this months Chairman. We hope to see you there!


Your attendance and involvement is more important now than ever!


Business Matters

•   Chairman’s Comments - Mark Perry

•   Stuart News - Tyler Treadway/Eve Samples

   Special Presentation - Mark Perry

"The Everglades and St. Lucie River; Flows & Current Issues"

    River Kidz - David Brown/Nicole Mader

•    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

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!

The Rivers Coalition was invited to speak at an Indian River Freeholders meeting on Thursday, April 18th. The 30 minute presentation turned into an hour as Kevin Henderson answered the numerous questions that were asked. We appreciated the invitation to speak and we appreciate their interest in the Rivers Coalition.If your organization is looking for a speaker for a meeting, please contact Todd Weissing, coordinator of the Rivers Coalition Speakers Bureau at 772-223-6743 or email


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River Kidz participated in ORCA's (Ocean Research Conservation Association) 5K run on Saturday, April 13th.  ORCA raised more than $10,000 for the Indian River Lagoon! 


Dr. Edie Widder of ORCA speaks at the 5K run for the Indian River Lagoon.

Nic Mader, dolphin expert, and Indian Rjverkeeper, Marty Baum at ORCA's 5K run for the Indian River Lagoon.

The Mader River Kidz ran and walked in the ORCA 5K in Vero. A run for the Indian River Lagoon. With Pete the Pelican



Saturday, April 20th, the River Kidz joined the Environmental Studies Center in Jensen Beach for their Earth Day, painting kids faces, helping with crafts, and educating the public on environmental awareness.  

Evie Flaugh did a fantastic job face painting!

Kiele Mader, Carly Collins and Rachel Goldman have been long-term River Kidz.

River Momz

These girls knew all the answers to our environmental questions!


River Kidz sings are in Patrick Murphy's offices in Stuart and Washington DC.

THE TOWN OF JUPITER ISLAND just purchased $800 of River Kidz signs at their VIVA 500 event. Thank you Jupiter Island!


Upcoming Events:

Paddlefest held for Justin Riney's Expedition 500 on the Saturday, May 25th of Memorial Day weekend at Sandsprit Park.         


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

Ted's Articles of Interest!

It's time to revisit subsidies Big Sugar receives from federal government

Everglades Foundation and Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Education Center Announce New Education Initiative


Keep Martin Beautiful

Rivers Coalition continues fight to save estuary and lagoon

Ed Killer: What the Indian River Lagoon needs

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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