Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
February 2018

The Rivers Coalition meeting is Wednesday
February 21th at 6:00 pm 
at Stuart City Hall.
The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available.
"Forum for Discussion of Options to
EAA Reservoir/STA Projects"
Jay O'Laughlin Ph.D.

The Guardians of Martin County


Jay O’Laughlin is a professor emeritus and director emeritus of the College of Natural Resources Policy Analysis Group at the University of Idaho.O’Laughlin is a Professor of Forestry and Policy Sciences and full-time Director of the Policy Analysis Group in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. He earned a BSBA in business finance at the University of Denver.
After service as a U.S. Army artillery office in Vietnam, he worked in a manufacturing firm for three years before earning an MS in forestry and PhD in forest policy and economics from the University of Minnesota. During the 1980s he was tenured at Texas A&M University while teaching forest policy and forest resource economics.
He moved to Idaho in 1989 to direct the Policy Analysis Group, a position created by the Idaho Legislature to provide objective data and analysis on natural resource and land-use issues important to Idaho citizens, as suggested by an advisory committee of the state’s natural resource leaders. Those have included endangered species conservation, water quality, and sustainable forest management on state and federal lands.
Recently he has focused on wildfire policy, forest carbon management, and wood bioenergy. In the past 5 years he was invited to give 90 off-campus presentations. (See He co-authored a Forest Resource Policy textbook (Wiley, 1993), currently being revised as a Natural Resource Policy textbook (Waveland Press, 2015).
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Agenda for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Business Matters:
  • Chairman Comments:  George Jones
  • Current Action Items:  New Member Application, SB10 and Lake O. update
Special Presentations:  
"Forum for Discussion of Options to
EAA Reservoir/STA Projects"
 Jay O'Laughlin, Guardians of Martin County

 Government & Agency Progress Reports:
  • Martin County: Deb Drum
  • State and Federal Agencies and Issues:  Dr. Paul Gray and Mark Perry                                                                                                                                         
Coalition Reports:
  • Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update: Charles Grande
  • Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality:  Mark Perry
  • Indian Riverkeeper Update: Marty Baum
  • River Kidz:  Nic Mader 
  • Speakers Bureau: Todd Weissing
Member Comments & Announcements:
 Photos from January Rivers Coalition Meeting 
Brandon Tucker, South Florida Water Management District

Rivers Coalition participated in "Party in The Park"

held by the Conservation Alliance of St Lucie County

Rivers Kidz had their face painted



Great day to support clean water in our RIVER
 The Blessing of the Fleet
February 10, 2018
The River Kidz was the benefiting charity





The River Kidz Workbook-VERSION 3 is available!
It covers not just the St.Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon (Marty the Manatee)
but also the Caloosahatchee (Milly the Manatee) and Florida Bay (Manny the Manatee)
Click here to view a copy of the Marty the Manatee Workbook!
10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
How to Become a River Kidz Member!
Follow RiverKidz on Facebook! 
2018 Meeting Schedule
The 2018 meetings will be held at
City of Stuart City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34995
     Thursday, March 22, 2018   11:00 a.m.

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Editor: Barbara Osborn

PO Box 2627 
Stuart, FL 34995 
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