Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
May 2015
The public is invited and urged to join the Rivers Coalition 
this Thursday May 28, 2015 at 11:00am at Stuart City Hall.
After the most recent decision by the SFWMD to IRREVOCABLY TERMINATE" the option to purchase the US Sugar land without a PLAN B - the Rivers Coalition will hold a special discussion.  We will stay focused on Amendment 1 money and the need to purchase land south of Lake O.  
We need to reach out to the Legislators - as the special session in Tallahassee is next week.  
We also will include an update by Mary Dawson on her personal efforts - the Action Plan To Take Back Florida”.
If you want to be part of the process, this meeting will be your opportunity to voice your opinion!
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
 There is plenty of free parking, coffee and donuts.
Agenda for Thursday May 28th, 2015

Meeting - Thursday, May 28th, 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 - Charles Grande
  • “An Action Plan To Take Florida Back” - Mary Dawson
  • No Plan B! SFWMD Revoking US Sugar Land Option - Group Discussion
  • 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
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
Martin County River Kidz
River Kidz had a booth at the Third Annual Paddlefest at Sandsprit Park on Memorial Day - The Martin County and St. Lucie River Kidz teamed up to make TOXIC ALGAE! Photos to come! 
Click here to see the Dr. Jane Goodall & River Kidz Q&A at Pets on Parade!
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!
Speakers Bureau
On May 18th, Marty Baum spoke on behalf of the Rivers Coalition to a community-minded group at the Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart.  Marty gave an entertaining, informative presentation that outlined the condition of the river, the possible solutions to clean it up, and the latest political developments.  Everyone had a good time while learning about this important cause.
If you would like a representative of the Rivers Coalition to speak to your group,
please contact Todd Weissing at 772-223-6743 or by email at
Get informed and be part of the solution to help our river!
Upper East Coast Floridian Aquifer System Modeling Project
The South Florida Water Management District is pleased to announce that the East Coast Floridan Model (ECFM) results in support of the Upper East Coast (UEC) Water Supply Plan are available online.

The ECFM was applied in 2014-2015 to analyze current and future trends of water level, water quality and water flow within the Floridan Aquifer System (FAS), an important source of water for agriculture as well as public water suppliers in the Upper East Coast region (Martin and St. Lucie counties and eastern Okeechobee County).
The results of the modeling exercise, along with supporting materials, can be accessed at the District's Upper East Coast Water Supply Plan web page on the following link.

We urge you to take a moment to read the User's Guide (located in the "How to Access and Interpret the Model Results") before opening the results. The User's Guide contains descriptions and explanations of the performance graphics, as well as tips on how to navigate an interactive map which contains some of the results. It also provides a brief description of the actual model runs.  

We have scheduled a public workshop to discuss the Upper East Coast Floridan Aquifer Modeling  including the assumptions and results. The details for this meeting are below.
We invite you to attend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Stuart City Hall. Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994

We would appreciate any comments you have prior the meeting to ensure the meeting presentation meets your needs.  If you have any questions or comments please contact:

John Mulliken, FAS Modeling Coordinator
(561) 682-6649
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Editor: Olivia Sala
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
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