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FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION E-NEWSLETTER
August 2013
Meeting Location has been Changed for the August Meeting!
New Location: The Flagler Center in
Downtown Stuart.
August 29, 2013 11 AM
The St. Lucie cries for your involvement now more than ever. Please join us as we stand shoulder to shoulder as a community to put an end to the distructive discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
 
Congressman Patrick Murphy to address the Rivers Coalition on August 29th at 11am. The Congressman will give an update on the latest federal inititives and his vision for ending the discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
 
 
The meeting is open to the public at no charge and will be at 11 a.m. August 29 at the Flagler Center in Downtown Stuart 201 SW Flagler Ave, from City Hall continue North and the Flager Center is on your right.
 
We'll have coffee and donuts, and free parking.
 
Agenda for Thursday, August 29th
Meeting – Thursday August 29, 2013
11:00pm – 12:30 pm at: Flagler Center
201 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, Fl 34994
 
Business Matters
•    Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
•    Upcoming Events    - Leon Abood & Charles Grande
•    Special Presentation - Congressman, Patrick Murphy        
•    River Kidz - Nic Mader
•    Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update - Charles Grande
•    Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing    
•    Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County - Shari Anker
 
Coalition Reports
•    Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality - Mark Perry
•    Indian Riverkeeper 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 - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson
•    South Florida Water Mgmt District - Boyd Gunsalus
•    FDEP - Jason Storrs     
 
 Upcoming Meetings
Aug 29 11:00am-12:30pm
Sep 26 11:00am-12:30pm
Oct 24 (night meeting) 6:00pm-7:30pm
We Have A Lot Going on in September!
Come Out and Show Your Support!

September 1st at 2:00PM come out to the Jensen Beach public beach.
 
THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROTEST IS TO SHOW OUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES HOW MANY VOTERS, FAMILIES, AND WATERMAN THERE ARE TO STAND UP FOR OUR WATERS!!!!
 
5 bands will play on the beach. Proceeds go to the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund! Plenty of parking available, come out and bring your sign, have your voices heard!
 
After the event at the Jensen Beach public beach go accross the street to Chillen the Most to listen to Fresh Catch. A sugessted $10 donation at the entrance per person.
 
 

 Sepetmeber 1st show your support in Sugarland Park in Clewiston, Fl.
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
 
 

September 7th join us at Terrafermatta & Ellie's Deli
from 12:00 PM until 10:00 PM. 
 
Pa-loo-za: (n.)
1) A PARTY FOR A CAUSE
2) A lot of "small things" going on inside of a "larger thing".
 
PLEASE JOIN OUR COMMUNITY in the fight to SAVE OUR RIVER!!
The "larger thing" being the fight for our river/lagoon/estuary/ocean and everything that depends on these unique eco-systems...including our families and livihoods. The "smaller things" going on inside of this cause are the meetings, campaigns, petitions, letters to our politicians, rallies, protests, benefits to raise money and educating through social media and journalism.
 
-- FOUR LIVE BANDS playing ALL DAY LONG!!!
 
-- ALL-U-CAN-EAT BBQ from NOON to 4pm sponsored by Ellie's Downtown Deli!!!
 
-- SILENT AUCTION!!!
 
-- A KILLER RAFFLE sponsored by OHANA SURF SHOP and many of our local businesses!!
 
-- An opportunity to buy an awesome Green Chile Sauce appropriately named "River Sludge"!
 
-- Featuring amazing speakers throughout the day to help inspire and educate us about this issue and what we can do as residents and FLORIDA VOTERS to help!!
 
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS 1ST ANNUAL EVENT TO FIGHT
FOR CLEANER WATER!!
OUR MESSAGE??? Our community has been fighting this
WAR for literally DECADES.
Change won't happen overnight, but success comes from PERSISTENCE!!!
WE HAVEN'T GIVEN UP.....AND WE NEVER WILL!!! FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES FOR OUR WATERWAYS TO BE HEALTHY AGAIN!!!!
 
A PORTION OF ALL PROCEEDS & 100% OF ALL DONATIONS WILL GIVEN TO THE "THE RIVERS COALITION DEFENSE FUND".
http://www.riverscoalition.org/about.php
 
 
The Rivers Coalition would like to thank everyone for their support! Your support is needed now more than ever, keep speaking up! Your voices are being heard!
 
Go to www. RiversCoalition.org. Signup for our newsletter,
like us on Facebook and donate.
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!
 

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.
 
The River Kidz are raising awareness, our FaceBook numbers
keep growing, we now have 412 friends. We are continuing to
work on our workbook for the Kidz and are planning for our
annual event in September.
 
Please friend us on Facebook or go to www.riverscoalition.org to learn about all the cool things your River Kidz are doing!
 
10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
 
How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
 
Follow RiverKidz on Facebook!
Check out what we are up to!
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 www.eco-voice.org and selecting subscribe.
 
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Thank you for all your support.
 
Editor: Jessica Briske
 
PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995
 
772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org
 
 
Rivers Coalition • PO Box 2627 • Stuart, FL 34995
http://riverscoalition.org
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