Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
February 2015
So what's the latest in the rough-and-tough battle to save and restore the St. Lucie River? Are we ever going to stop the filthy discharges that ruin our once-pristine estuary?
Come get the latest at the Rivers Coalition general meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Stuart City Hall. And add your thoughts as the pollution continues. With the help of angry and insistent citizens, we can stop the toxic discharges that amounted to 500 billion gallons to the coasts in 2013, and even more in earlier times. 
Special interests are exerting their political influence in public office, launching renewed efforts to maintain the status quo while life in the waterways suffers gravely. 
The resultant damages not only diminish our quality of life but lessen property values and cause many other economic losses.
We'll have the light on for you Thursday and there's plenty of free parking and even coffee and donuts.
Agenda for Thursday, February 26

Meeting - Thursday February 26, 2015

11:00am – 12:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Business Matters
  • Vice Chairman’s Comments - Mark Perry
  • Special Presentation - Amendment One
  • River Kidz of Martin County - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
  • River Kidz of St. Lucie County - Katy Lewey
  • 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
  • WRAC “Water Resources Advisory Commission” Mark Perry
  • Indian Riverkeeper Update - Marty Baum
  • Federal & State Issues-CERP/IRL & Lake Okeechobee - Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
  • ROGER “River of Grass Estuary/Everglades Restoration” - Ted Guy/John Marshall
2015 Meeting Schedule
The 2015 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994
March 25 – Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm
April 30 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
May 28 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
June 24 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm
July 30 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
August 27 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
September 23 - Weds 6:00pm – 7:30pm
October 29 - Thurs 11:00am – 12:30pm
* Please note that evening meetings are held on Wednesdays instead of the usual Thursdays
2015 BBQ and Blues Festival
It's that time of year again! We are participating in the 3rd annual Jensen Beach BBQ and Blues Festival. We'll have a booth to share our mission to save the St. Lucie and Indian River Lagoon with the public and we will be selling t-shirts, stickers and bracelets to help fund our cause.
The festival is two and a half days of great BBQ and live music!
Friday February 27th 4pm-8pm
Saturday February 28th 10am-8pm
Sunday March 1st 10am-6pm
There are still a few spots left, sign up to volunteer for us here!
More info for the event can be found here:
The festival will be held at Indian Riverside Park - 1707 Northeast Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach 
We'll be notified immediately once you sign up, but if you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Olivia at 772-225-6849.
Support Indian Riverkeeper
Let's help our Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum!
Martin County River Kidz
On Wednesday February 18th, three River Kidz participated in the Clean Water-Amendment 1 Rally in at the state’s capitol in Tallahassee. It was a whirlwind of a day. Naia, Keile and Olivia were able speak at the rally; wrote short speeches, and presented them before Representative Larry Lee; Senator Joe Negron; and then, again, before the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The Kidz passed out over 200 copies of their new River Kidz 2nd Edition Workbook "Marty the Manataee" Their cousins the St. Lucie River Kidz participated too! Thank you to Katy Lewey! The Kidz voices were heard! "Move the Water South!" "Buy the Land!” 
The River Kidz Workbook is making it's real debut on Saturday, Feb. 28th at the Environmental Studies Center with spots for 44 second grade teachers (public, private and homeschool) who will learn it's content.  We have already filled about 25 spots.  We are excited to present a bonafide teacher's workshop with lots of educational opportunities: field trip on River Scout, informative power point presentations, tours from River Kidz, Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum, Commissioner Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Crystal Lucas, Nic and Naia Mader from River Kidz and much more including a continental breakfast, great lunch and a digital camera!
Click here to view a copy of the Marty the Manatee Workbook!
10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
Follow RiverKidz on Facebook! 
Check out what we are up to!
In Memory of Roger Fortin
The Rivers Coalition would like to thank the friends and family of Treasure Coast resident Roger Fortin for their generous donations of $1,550 in his memory. 
Roger passed away on February 8th at 51 years old and is survived by his son, Robert and his daughter, Heather and four grandchildren. 
Speakers Bureau
If you would like to schedule a speaker for your meeting/event,
please contact Todd Weissing at 772-223-6743 or 
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Thank you for all your support.
Editor: Olivia Sala
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
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