Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
February 2016
The Rivers Coalition meeting, this coming Thursday, February 25th 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.
Our special guest this month will be Tom Van Lent.
Tom is the Director of Science and Policy at the Everglades Foundation. His responsibilities include presenting expert analysis of hydrologic, engineering, and ecological information to assist in development of Everglades restoration alternatives and meeting Everglades restoration and protection objectives. Van Lent has a distinguished career as a scientist and engineer.
"Mr. Van Lent will hold a discussion on the need to acquire land in the EAA and what is required to send clean water South. He will also update us on last summer’s seagrass die-off in Florida Bay."
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!
Agenda for Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Meeting Thursday, February 25th, 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 by Tom Van Lent
  • 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 - 
  • 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, 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:
River Kidz Rally to Save Our Rivers
On Sunday, February 21, nearly 100 River Kidz and River Supporters gathered at the Ernest Lyons bridge in Stuart to Rally against the Lake O discharges and for clean water.  

Martin County River Kidz
River Kidz & Warfield Elementary:
Crystal Lucas and Valerie Gaynor gave a wonderful River Kidz Workbook presentation to the enthusiastic teachers of Warfield Elementary and Indiantown this month.  All second grade teachers in Martin County are receiving a workbook for each student in their class in the next few weeks.  Way to go ladies!  You are the best!!!


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!
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Thank you for all your support.
Editors: Jill Pinkham & Katherine Luger
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
Rivers Coalition  •  PO Box 2627  •  Stuart, FL 34995
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