Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
May 2016
The Rivers Coalition meeting is Thursday May 26th at 11:00 am at Stuart City Hall. The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.
The presentation topic for the May meeting is:
Anatomy of a Fish Kill
Our guest speaker this month will be:
Dr. Edie Widder, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)
Current Action Items:
Gary Goforth, P.E., Ph. D.
Dr. Edie Widder
Edie Widder is a MacArthur Fellow, a deep-sea explorer and ocean conservationist.  A specialist in bioluminescence, she has been a leader in developing new ways to explore the deep sea.  Her innovations have produced footage of rare sharks, squid, jellyfish, and crustaceans, as well as led to the first recordings of the giant squid, Architeuthis, in its natural habitat.
In order to help save and protect the ocean she loves, in 2005 Edie helped found the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, also known as ORCA.  ORCA is the world’s first technology focused, marine conservation, not-for-profit, which is utilizing cutting-edge science to find pollution and stop it at its source.  ORCA’s tagline, which is Mapping Pollution, Finding Solutions, describes a results-driven approach to meeting some of the greatest challenges our ocean planet is currently facing.
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
Missed a past meeting? Go to our Youtube channel!
Agenda for Thursday May 26th, 2016

Meeting Thursday, May 26th, 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, Quorum & New Member Vote: George Jones
  • Current Action Items: Gary Goforth, P.E., Ph. D. and NEP
  • Special Presentation
"Anatomy of a Fish Kill"
Dr. Edie Widder
  • 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 Management 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 / Dr. Paul Gray
Martin County River Kidz
Calling All River Parentz and River Kidz!!!
Hi Parentz!  If you would like to have your child involved in River Kidz, please go to our website,, under the River Kidz tab and sign up today!  You will receive email blasts notifying you of events and happenings. 
River Kidz,watch for a fun event this summer on the water.  This may feature sailing and paddle boarding, and maybe even our own turtle walk!
Like us on Facebook for all of the updated information.  Thank you!

River Kidz at the U.S. Sailing Center of Martin County with Nat Osborne.
Youth Driven Cinema 2016: K-12 Student Film Fest
Over 200 attendees supported The Youth Driven Cinema event on April 29th at the Lyric Theatre. This event raised $2,329.29 which is being donated to the Environmental Studies Program.
Over $6,000 in prizes were given to the winning videos.
A big thank you goes to the Knopf Foundation and the Guardians of Martin County for their generosity in supporting this fantastic event.






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 your group would like the Rivers Coalition to speak at an upcoming gathering, please contact Todd Weissing at or
Get informed, be active and be part of the solution to help our river!
April 28th Rivers Coalition Meeting Highlights
Deb Drum from Martin County Board of County Commissioners and Kevin Henderson, President of Evergreen Engineering, gave presentations at the April Rivers Coalition Meeting.
Their discussions were focused on Local Government's role in monitoring and making sure  "clean water" enters the St. Lucie River Estuary and Indian River Lagoon




2016 Meeting Schedule
The 2016 meetings will be held at
City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34994  
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
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Thank you for all your support.
Editors: Katherine Luger & Jill Pinkham
PO Box 2627 
Stuart, Fl 34995 
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