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FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION E-NEWSLETTER
September 2013
The Damaging Discharges
from Lake Okeechobee into the
St. Lucie Estuary Continue!
Please join us this Thursday, September 26 at 11am at the City of Stuart Commission Chambers to receive the latest updates on the initiatives to stop the discharges from Lake Okeechobee! 
 
River Palooza coordinator, Allison Griffith to give a special presentation to the Rivers Coalition to discuss a very successful event! Thank you to all of the organizers which include Megan Remick, Chef, Mark Muller of Ellie's Deli, and Ron Hart of Terra Fermata, Michelle Richey, Darcy Flierl, Joy Delavega, Ashley Catron and many other volunteers for a job well done! 
 
Also, the Rivers Coalition will be introducing the latest graphics and synopsis of Plan 6 that will clearly communicate the feasibility and benefits of a flowway south to Americas everglades.
 
Free parking and donuts!
 
Agenda for Thursday, September 26th
Meeting - Thursday September 26, 2013
11am-12:30pm at: The City Hall - Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994
Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
• Special Presentation - Allison Griffith, River Palooza     
• Plan 6 Graphics & Synopsis - Karl Wickstrom  
• River Kidz - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update - Charles Grande
• Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing    
 
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
Oct 24 (night meeting) 6:00pm-7:30pm
September 28th - Hands Across the Lagoon!

The River Kidz will be at Hands Across the Lagoon to pickup
the letters written by the Kidz. These letters will be brought to Washington, DC on October 3rd, 2013.
 
The River Kidz will be at the Environmental Studies Center on
Saturday, October 5th from 10am - 3:00pm.
The kidz will be talking about the river issues and what you can do to help, selling t-shirts, painting faces and participating in the Environmental Studies Center open house!
Come out and show your support!
2900 NE Indian River Dr, Jensen Beach, Fl 34957
 
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!
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!
 
Ian's Tropical Grill Supports the River!
Come out and have a drink at Ian's Tropical Grill on East Ocean, 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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