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FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION E-NEWSLETTER
May 2014
Special Update!
Rivers Coalition Meeting to Feature Updates on Estuary Woes

Leading advocates in the Rivers Coalition will sort out the recent myriad developments (and lack of same) regarding the "river situation" at the general membership meeting May 29. 
 
Citizens concerned about the continuing pollution and degradation of the estuary will want to be on hand, at 11 a.m. at Stuart City Hall.
 
Public participation has never been needed more as really significant steps to stop the discharges from inland fail to materialize.
 
While many claim we must be satisfied with taking "baby steps" and sit though years of more studies, one leader suggested we take adult steps. "Experts close to the issues know that the only real solution is to create a flowway south from Lake Okeechobee, so let's keep the concept up front and move ahead," he said. "We have to overcome the tremendously rich and powerful status quo forces."
 
Once again, we'll keep the light on for you.
 
All concerned citizens are welcome, as always. There's plenty of free parking and even coffee and donuts will await you.
 
Agenda for Thursday, May 29
Meeting - Thursday, May 29
11:00am-12:30pm at: The City Hall - Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994
 
Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
• Special Presentation - Update on Estuary 
• River Kidz - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
• Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update - Charles Grande
• Speakers Bureau - Todd Weissing
 
Government & Agency Progress Reports 
• Martin County    - Deborah Drum/Don Donaldson 
• South Florida Water Mgmt District - Kathy LaMartina 
• FDEP - Jason Storrs      
 
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
  
River Kidz helped Florida Oceanographic Society and Enviroforce with an oyster shell bagging and deployment of bags and nursery reef balls at Flagler Park on May 1st.  Thanks to Vincent Encomio and Benjamin D'Avanzo!  It was a blast.
 
The River Kidz marched with Senator Joe Negron at the Centennial Parade to celebrate Stuart's 100 years.
 
River Kidz also participated in a beach clean-up with at Hobe Sound Beach on May 17th with Mrs. Shaunessy's Fourth grade from the Pine School. Nic Mader did a River Kidz/Dolphin presentation on May 19th for Mrs. Ponte's class at the Pine School.
 
Paddlefest was on Memorial Day at Sandsprit Park.  Thanks to all that came out to support the 5 organizations it was supporting!  River Kidz, Dolphin Ecology Project, Environmental Studies Center, Florida Oceanographic Society and Indian Riverkeeper.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 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!
Rivers Coalition & Tausha's Seafood team up!
Rivers Coalition and Tausha's Seafood Team Up to Save the River.
 
STUART SANDBAR: Tausha's Seafood is giving $1 of each fish fry meal to the Rivers Coalition; we thank them!
 
They represent the Rivers Coalition linking up with Stuart's historical Port Salerno fishing community to save what is our area's business and quality of life "foundation," the St Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon! 


TAUSHA'S SEAFOOD is located at 3848 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart.
4RShores Supports the Rivers Coalition!
 
4RShores, LLC of Stuart has been selling T-shirts and Performance Drifts with designs by Amber Moran for about a year now and has donated almost $400 to the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund from part of the proceeds from their sales.
 
A portion of those donations were made In Memory of Grace Powell for whom they sell what is called 'Gracie's Mermaid' and from sales of a shirt designed by Amber in partnership with the City of Stuart for their 'Water's Worth It' Campaign.  There has been incredible support from local retailers, including Earthtones, Surf Central and Salty's Ship Store in Stuart and We Be Jammin' in Jensen Beach, by providing 4RShores with retail space to sell their shirts and to help get the word out about the need to protect our water environment.  
 
Get a 4RShores window decal for your vehicle, boat, trailer or surfboard and if it is seen around town, a photo will be posted on their Facebook page, if it is yours, they will give you a free 4RShores T-Shirt.
 
4RShores will be making another donation to the Defense Fund at our next meeting.
 
Help support our River by visiting the above mentioned retailers, liking 4RShores on Facebook or going  to 4RShores.com and get your '4RShores' on.  Every little bit helps!
 
 
 
2014 Meeting Schedule
The 2014 meetings will be held at The City Hall - Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994 
 
June 25 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm
July 31 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
August 28 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
September 24 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm
October 30 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
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 Waugaman
 
PO Box 2627
Stuart, Fl 34995
 
772-225-6849
www.RiversCoalition.org
 
 
 
 
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http://riverscoalition.org
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