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June 2013



Lots of folks don't realize it but Florida's estuaries have a great deal to do with the state's well being. And no one is better qualified to explore the condition of our St. Lucie River than Dr. Grant Gilmore, who will appear at the Rivers Coalition this month.


Don't miss this fascinating presentation from a renowned marine biologist whose work has involved our area for three decades.


The meeting, open to the public at no charge, will be at 11 a.m. June 27 at Stuart City Hall.


We'll have coffee and donuts, and free parking.


Estuaries are special bodies of water where salt and fresh water mingle at coastal places which are essential for the life and growth of a large host of plants and animals. That estuarine life dies when subjected to too little or too much salinity. It's a delicate balance that's thrown off track at key times such as during the current discharges involving inland agriculture, mainly comprising the half million acres of sugar cane fields.


The river's discharge pollution is getting plenty of attention right now, so this is the time to demand clean water. Enough is enough. 


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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Agenda for Thursday, June 27th

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


Your attendance and involvement is more important now than ever!


Business Matters

•    Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood

    Special Presentation - Grant Gilmore, Scientist

    River Kidz - Nicole Mader

•    Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update - Charles Grande

•    Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing

Coalition  Reports

•    Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry

•    IndianRiver Keeper Update - Marty Baum

•    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


Upcoming Meetings

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

The River Has a Voice and It Is Yours!

SPEAK UP FOR THE RIVER! Sign our petition, let your voice be heard!


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 you know!


Please join this campaign: Click Here to Sign - Make a difference!


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Our mission is to speak out, get involved, and raise awareness  because we believe kids should have a voice in the future of our rivers.


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


10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!

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How to Become a RiverKidz Member!

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Follow RiverKidz on Facebook!

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Check out what we are up to!

Click here for the calendar.

Ian's Tropical Grill Supports the River!

Come out and have a drink at 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 the right, the Indian River Lagoon and on the left The Okeechobee Release!

Both are delicious!

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.


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Thank you for all your support.


Editor: Jessica Briske


PO Box 2627

Stuart, Fl 34995





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