FORCE - Friends of the Rivers Coalition eNewsletter
July 2007 ~ P.O Box 2627, Stuart, FL 34995 ~ 772-225-6849

Next Public Meeting July 27, 2007
A special guest and presentation is in store for you at the next meeting of the Rivers Coalition which will be held this Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Hoke Library, 1150 Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach, FL.

Not to be missed! Grant Gilmore, PhD, one of Florida's most distinguished Marine Biologists, will present new information in his graphic presentation "How Discharges Destroy the St. Lucie Estuary"

This is our regular monthly meeting and public participation is encouraged for this free presentation!

Business Matters
• Chairman’s Comments, Leon Abood
• Legal Update, Karl Wickstrom
• Special Events, Jamie Burns
• Finance Committee, Lisa Wigley
• WRAC, Ed Fielding / Ted Guy

Coalition Committee Reports
• Water Quality, Mark Perry
• Local issues, Mark Perry / Ed Fielding
• State / Federal Issues, Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray
• IRL / CERP, Kevin Henderson / Paul Gray

Progress Reports
• South Florida Water Mgmt
• DEP / Issues Team

• Special Guest / Grant Gilmore, PhD

Just A Reminder: May and June were combined to one meeting on June 8th due to summer holidays. You didn't miss anything and we did NOT send out a June newsletter!

View the entire year's meeting schedule on our website!

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eMail Housekeeping
Thanks to all those that let us know you have a Comcast eMail now, not Adelphia.

It's about time for the rest of you to update your eMail addresses and let the rest of us know! If you did it and forgot to tell us, just send an eMail to and we can make sure you stay on our FORCE Newsletter eMail list.

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Water Management District Appointments
Our last meetings agenda included a proposed discussion about South Florida Water Management District appointment candidates but before that happened, Governor Crist announced his choice of Melissa l. Meeker whose area includes St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Patrick J. Rooney, Esq. was appointed shortly thereafter to serve Palm Beach County.

Melissas term expires March 2009, Patricks in March 2011. They are joined on the board by other new members; Eric Buerman, Charles J. Dauray and Shannon A. Estenoz.

Still serving on the board is Malcom S. Wade Jr., Vice-President, Sugar Operations, U.S. Sugar Corporation until his appointment by Governor Bush expires in March of 2009.

All in all, a total of five new board members, on the nine member board were added in a three month period due to term expirations and unexpected resignations. Quite a shake-up, so lets hope they continue the trend and shake things up for the better of our St. Lucie River and Estuary!

River Ambassadors Sought!
Despite some monumental volunteer efforts, we are still far short of our one million dollar fundraising goal and have launched a sponsorship program to focus on that effort.

Community support is needed as never before to accomplish the goal of restoring and protecting the estuary and we are building a team of individuals to target specific groups in the months ahead.

If you are interested in becoming a River Ambassador to approach businesses, groups, organizations, homeowner associations, industries, professionals and individuals, call us!

We have opportunities for you to focus on a group you are already working with, making it easy for you to participate.

All sponsors will receive our new Rivers Coalition Sponsor decal (pictured here) for business window display.

Visit Our Website To Learn More About Rivers Coalition

Upcoming Special Estuary Program
"How Discharges Destroy the St. Lucie Estuary" is the title of an important presentation coming from Dr. Grant Gilmore, one of Florida's most distinguished marine biologists from Harbor Branch Oceanographic.

This new program is open to the public, so let your friends and associates know about this special opportunity to learn the latest on how inland discharges ruin our once-pristine estuary. Admission is free.

The presentation will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Hoke Library, 1150 Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach on Friday, July 27th.

Gilmore's illustrated presentation promises to be the best-yet summary of what the St. Lucie Estuary's estuarine richness offers and what we lose when it is polluted and changed by turbid and tainted water.

The variety of fish richness "is not equaled anywhere in the United States," according to Gilmore. As researcher and professor, Gilmore has explored the St. Lucie for many years. He and his associates have identified hundreds and hundreds of animal and plant species that are killed or driven away by the unnatural discharges.

Although currently the river is more clear than we have seen in a long time, the bottom is muckier than ever. The temporary conditions exist only because the discharge gates have been shut tight due to less rainfaill and water use allocated for agricultural irrigation.

Don't miss learning of the new information Dr. Gilmore has to share with the community about the St. Lucie River Estuary, once considered the most biologically diverse estuary in North America.

National Marina Day ~ August 11, 2007
Slime Man, if you missed him last year, is making an appearance with the Rivers Coalition at the National Marina Day event being sponsored by Four Rivers Marina.

Saturday, August 11th from 12:00 p.m to 3:00 pm is the day to come out with the kids to enjoy free food and drinks courtesy of Four Rivers Marina at 2225 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, sponsors of the National Marina Day event.

There will be a bounce house for the kids, a fishing clinic and exhibits by the US Coast Guard, Florida Oceanographic, Clean Marina, National Beach Clean Up and more.

For more information or to participate, call Angie at 772-334-0936 or eMail her at

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Editor: Jamie Burns
Contributor: Karl Wickstrom

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