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June 2014
Special Update!
Glades and River Expert to Address Rivers Coalition:
 FACING A NEW CROSSROADS
 
Citizens who are determined to see politicians and bureaucrats take true steps to restore the St. Lucie estuary won't want to miss hearing about what must be done from a long-experienced expert who pulls no punches.
 
With decades of dedicated work in the environmental trenches behind him, Joe Browder will address the Rivers Coalition at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Stuart City Hall. Concerned citizens: Be there.
 
"The Stuart and St. Lucie area faces a critical crossroads and what we do will have a decisive effect on the estuary and quality of life for years to come," said Browder, a principal in a Washington-based environmental thinktank firm. 
 
"For too long we have allowed state and federal leaders to talk instead of act on some of the most important water management reforms," Browder said.  "For Everglades scientists, a flowway south from Lake Okeechobee has been on the restoration must-do list for twenty years,"

"We are at a tipping point," Browder continued. "The vision of limitless billions for repairing south Florida's broken water management system was never real.  Either Florida makes the flowway and other genuine Everglades restoration and water quality needs true priorities, even if that means making the sugar industry devote more of its own land to its own floodwater management, or we'll see toxic estuaries as the norm in south Florida."
 
He maintains that a storage-flowway to move excess water south from Lake Okeechobee instead of to the east and west coasts is "absolutely essential." 
 
Existing plans for the Central Everglades Planning Project, including the local-interest C-44 canal reservoir, may be helpful, but only if done in concert with developing the flowway, according to Browder. 
 
The flowway concept has been strongly recommended by many independent scientists for a half-century, but private interests manage to block it while virtually nothing is done to curtail harmful discharges to the estuaries, river advocates contend.
 
An insider with a remarkable memory, Browder will present important insights about the Everglades and estuary's alarming degradation.
 
As usual, the Rivers Coalition will have the light on for you, with free parking, no admission, and even coffee on deck. We'll see you at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
 
Agenda for Wednesday, June 25
Meeting - Wednesday June 25
6:00pm-7:30pm at: The City Hall - Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994
 
Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
• Special Presentation - Joe Browder
• 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 are watching Baby Clover in the Southern Indian River Lagoon (IRL), a new baby bottlenose dolphin calf of Shamrock. The mother/calf pair has been seen numerous times by dolphin researchers and by many other boaters in the IRL and St. Lucie, especially near the Manatee Pocket and Crossroads.  Please watch out for the dolphin families in the river when you are in your boat. They are not magic: they do get hit and there are many local ID photos to show it.  We had a report 2 weeks ago of a possible boat-struck dolphin at the mouth of the Pocket. River Kidz want to get rolling soon to help people become aware of the impact they can have on the marine animals in the lagoon!
 
 
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!
Float for Life!
The Rivers Coalition will be one of the beneficiaries of the 2014 Float for Life in Fort Myers Beach on July 13th. Their hope is to have a larger voice by uniting the state in this issue. Please spread the word to your West Coast friends to join in the fun! 
 
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 $550 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.
 
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 an 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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