Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
June 2015
As we drift into the wet season, what's the real situation with the St. Lucie River and Lake Okeechobee systems? More pollution ahead?
Dr.  Paul Gray, one of the most highly regarded biologists around, will give his take of how things stand with the waters, at an evening meeting of the Rivers Coalition at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Stuart City Hall. 
Admission is free, with plenty of free parking as well. Here's a rare chance to enjoy time with Dr. Gray, who's known for his low-key but authoritative insights.
He'll be fielding questions from our dedicated citizens. 
And you won't have to go to Uruguay. That's where Paul recently took part in an international wetlands consortium that drew 800 delegates from 160 countries. It's a wetlands organization of direct interest to the Rivers Coalition. We urge you to visit their website at
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
Can't make it to the meeting? We post full meeting videos to our Youtube channel.
Agenda for Wednesday June 24th, 2015

Meeting - Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

6:00pm – 7:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Business Matters
  • Chairman’s Comments - Leon Abood
  • Special Presentation - Dr. Paul Gray
  • 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
2015 Meeting Schedule
The 2015 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994
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!
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
Kevin Henderson, the president of the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund, had the pleasure of speaking to The Humanists of the Treasure Coast on June 14th at the Clarion Hotel in Stuart. This interested group was fascinated to learn about the condition of the river, the latest political news, and possible solutions to help improve the water conditions. The presentation also sparked several questions that Kevin was happy to address. “Thank You” to everyone who participated in this event and for your attention to the plight of our river!
If you are interested in having a representative of the Rivers Coalition speak to your group, please contact Todd Weissing at 772-223-6743 or by email at 
Get informed, be active and be part of the solution to help our river!
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Thank you for all your support.
Editor: Olivia Sala
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
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