Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
January 2016
Welcome Back!  We hope you enjoyed your holidays.
Happy New Year!
Our Chair Committee is looking forward to bringing new and exciting topics to our meetings. We hope to see you all there.
Dr. Randall W Parkinson will hold a discussion about Climate Change and Sea Level Rise as it relates to the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary.
Dr. Parkinson is a well published climatologist and coastal engineer from Melbourne, FL.  He has spoken many times about global climate change and concomitant rising sea level and its profound impact on Florida’s coastal and marine systems.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Parkinson join us for January’s Meeting.
The Rivers Coalition meeting, this coming Thursday January 28th at 11am as always, is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. We'll even have coffee and donuts for you.
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!
Agenda for Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Meeting Thursday, January 28th, 2016

11:00am – 12:30 pm at: City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL 34994
Please Silence Your Cell Phones!
Business Matters
  • Chairman’s Comments - Jim Moir
  • Special Presentation - Dr. Randall Parkinson
  • 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
New Business
2016 Meeting Schedule
The 2016 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994  
Thursday, January 28th  11:00 am
Thursday, February 25th 11:00 am
Wednesday, March 30th   6:00 pm
Thursday, April 28th  11:00 am
Thursday, May 26th  11:00 am
Wednesday, June 29th  6:00 pm
Thursday, July 28th  11:00 am 
Thursday, August 25th  11:00 am
Wednesday, Sept 28th  6:00 pm
Thursday, October 27th  11:00 am
Meetings will not be held in November and December
For updates you can visit our Facebook Page, click below:
Stuart News - 12 Days of Christmas Donation
The Rivers Coalition would like to Thank The Stuart News and Tyler Treadway for including us in their 12 Days of Christmas program. 
Further, we would like to Thank Ted Stevens of Computer Network Services in Jensen Beach for answering our call for computer security. 
We appreciate his generosity immensely.
He is providing us with full antivirus, computer monitoring and maintenance to insure that our systems are properly updated.  Ted lives and plays on the rivers and is concerned about their present and future security; this is his way of contributing to the welfare of our St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon.
In Memory of J.P. Powers
The Rivers Coalition would like to thank the family and friends of J.P. Powers who graciously donated $525 to the Rivers Coalition in his memory.  
Martin County River Kidz
River Kidz Call for Action in the Senate:
Disposable Plastic Bag Bill SB306:  The River Kidz called and emailed the committee members of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee to ask for their support on saying YES to this bill.  The bill is now in Community Affairs -SJ 221.
We hope the people of Martin County will consider complying with the regulations if this is passed! 
Thank you from the River Kidz:
Tremendous thanks to the Knopf Foundation!!! The foundation, for the second year in row,  donated $10,000 toward the "River Kidz Workbooks in Martin County School’s Program." Once again, Martin County teachers will be trained to teach the workbook in area elementary schools. Thousands of students will be exposed to the program. River Kidz continues to work hard to speak up, get involved, and raise awareness, because we believe kids should have a voice in the future of our rivers!

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
 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!
Stuart Seafood Festival 2015
The Seafood Festival was held on November 21st and 22nd
Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped during this event!
2016 Blessing of the Fleet
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Thank you for all your support.
Editors: Olivia Sala, Katherine Luger & Jill Pinkham
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
Rivers Coalition  •  PO Box 2627  •  Stuart, FL 34995
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