Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
October 2015
A Special Presentation at our October meeting by Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer A. Reynolds
US Army Cops of Engineers - Deputy District Commander
We hope to see you Thursday, October 22nd at 11:00 am, Stuart City Hall.
Lt. Col. Reynolds will be giving a presentation that focuses on the progress for different projects,
and steps forward to stop the harmful discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and restore water flows
to the Everglades.

More about Lt. Col. Reynolds here
The Rivers Coalition meeting, as always, is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. We'll even have coffee for you.
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!
Agenda for Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Meeting - Thursday, October 29th, 2015

11:00am – 12:30pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Business Matters
  • Chairman’s Comments - Darrell Brand
  • Special Presentation - Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Reynolds, Army Corps of Engineers
  • 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 - 
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
2016 Meeting Schedule
The 2016 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994  
The 2016 Meeting Schedule is to be announced
For updates you can visit our Facebook Page, click below:
Chairman Leon Abood Passing the Gavel
At our September 23rd meeting, long-time Chairman Leon Abood retired and passed the gavel to a newly appointed leadership team.
The team will consist of Darrell Brand, Nicole Mader, Jim Moir, George Jones and Mark Perry.
The new co-chairs are all well respected members of the community and have been involved with the Rivers Coalition as representatives for their organizations for many years.
“I have every faith that I am leaving you in good hands and it’s time for the organization to move in a new direction and get some fresh perspectives” said Abood.
The Coalition also voted unanimously to elect Abood as Chairman Emeritus, an honorary status that will
enable him to remain close to the leadership of the organization; he will also continue to represent the
Realtor Association of Martin County within the Coalition.
left to right: George, Nicole, Jim, Leon, Darrell & Mark
Martin County River Kidz
The River Kidz were in Ft. Pierce at the Indian River Lagoon Science Fest.
It was extremely well-attended. The three Earth-Savers Crew from Environmental Studies Center saved the day by volunteering. 

The River Kidz also supported Lines in the Lagoon Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 17th in downtown Ft. Pierce at the Backus Gallery.  Marty the Manatee was in the house! 
Congrats to River Kid Hanna Lucas for winning the Tournament!
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! 
Speakers Bureau
On September 10, Todd Weissing, the coordinator of the Rivers Coalition Speaking Bureau, had the pleasure of addressing the Port St. Lucie Angler’s Club at The Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens. An interested crowd of approximately 40 people attended an informative presentation to learn more about the condition of the river and estuary, which is home to one of the world’s most diverse animal and plant life. They also discussed the detrimental effects of discharges from Lake Okeechobee, possible solutions to improve the flow ways, and the latest political happenings. The energized group was engaged in the presentation and had the opportunity to ask lots of questions. 
 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!
Lost River Fishing Tournament
The Rivers Coalition would like to thank Bill Natalie and the Lost River HOA for organizing every year an amazing Fishing Tournament & Chili Cook off and for their generous donation from the proceeds of the tournament!!
Stuart Seafood Festival 2015
Come join us on November 21st and 22nd at the Stuart Seafood Festival
for some amazing food and live music!
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Thank you for all your support.
Editors: Olivia Sala & Katherine Luger
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
Rivers Coalition  •  PO Box 2627  •  Stuart, FL 34995
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