Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
April 2015
The public is invited and urged to join the dedicated volunteers of the Rivers Coalition
this Thursday April, 29, 2015 at 11:00am at Stuart City Hall.
This month’s special presentation is the “Algae Video.” Get the background of what initiated the investigation, a Florida Sportsman gem presented by Karl Wickstrom.  Meet the producer, River Warrior Kenny Hinkle and the star of the video, a Rivers Coalition member, Capt. Mike Conner. This video is said to be the catalyst for the recent suspension of the discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
There is plenty of free parking and our famous, coffee and donuts.
Agenda for Thursday April 30th, 2015

Meeting - Thursday, April 30th, 2015

11:00am – 12:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Business Matters
  • Guest Chairman’s Comments - Darrell Brand
  • Special Presentation: Introduction - Karl Wickstrom
  • Special Presentation: Algae Video - Kenny Hinkle Jr & Mike Conner
  • River Kidz of Martin County - Nic Mader/Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch 
  • 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
2015 Meeting Schedule
The 2015 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994
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
Lost River Fishing Tournament
We are participating again in this years 6th annual Lost River Fishing Tournament and Chili Cook off!
Please come out to see us and enjoy the good food and fishing on May 23rd
More info here
Martin County River Kidz
The River Kidz Founders had the exciting opportunity to meet Dr. Jane Goodall at Adams Ranch, by invitation of The Pegasus Foundation's head, Barbara Birdsey, on April 1st.  The Kidz were able to tell Dr. Jane about the destruction of our waterways and present her with the new River Kidz Workbook, tote bag, and tee shirt.  She spreads wonderful messages across the globe of people and kids bringing hope and encouragment to environmental situations and animal welfare.
On Saturday, April 11th, The Kidz were face painting again at Environmental Studies Center Earth Day Celebration in Jensen Beach, bringing lots of joy to little ones!  We displayed all of our information and got many sign ups for our email blasts.  Kiele Mader even got to play ukulele with Mr. Bo Reynolds for all to hear!

Mrs Jacobson’s 2nd grade class from Citrus Grove Elementary graduated as River Kidz on Earth Day!
They displayed their Kissimmee River Lake Okeechobee glitter-water toxic algae project, created art, wrote letters to Congressman Murphy, and celebrated completing their River Kidz Second Edition Workbooks. Yeah Kidz! Yeah Mrs Jacobson! 
Mrs Maya Gebus-Mockabee led JD Parker 1st graders in a 2 week program which included River Kidz together with the Ocean River Institute teaching: "Save Our Sharks."  The IRL is the 2nd most important bull shark nursery in North America and many endangered sharks live off our beaches. The students are working for a shark protection zone off the St. Lucie Inlet's reefs. The Kidz came up with the motto: "Protect and Respect!" The have learned that sharks are important to ocean ecology and often misunderstood.
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!
River Kidz of St. Lucie County

Upcoming Events:
Coastal Cleanup Day  
April 11 from 8am – 12:00pm at Harbour Pointe Park in Ft. Pierce
We’ll be joining the Gulf Stream Council, Boy Scouts of America and Troop 772 and cleaning up our shoreline one piece a trash at a time. Lunch is provided. This is also a great opportunity to check out St. Lucie County’s staging area where we bag oyster that are placed in the lagoon.

Explore the Outdoors with the River Kidz SLC 
April 19 @ 11am in Spruce Bluff  Preserve in Port St. Lucie.
Bring the kids out for a fun exploratory day in the woods. Families will participate in scavenger hunt and learn all about the trails and their history.

Earth Day “It’s Our Planet, It’s Our Time” 
April 18 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Oxbow Eco-Center in Ft. Pierce
The River Kidz of St. Lucie County will be present examining and exploring MUCK. This event is free for the public and perfect for all ages. We will be among many other fantastic and EARTHY exhibitors from St. Lucie County.

Speakers Bureau
Our area has one of the world’s most diverse animal and plant life and its condition affects all of us. For ways you can help, please visit For more information on the Rivers Coalition Speakers Bureau, contact Todd Weissing at (772) 223-6743 or
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Editor: Olivia Sala
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
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