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

With plenty on our plate (pun intended) involving the big fund-raiser banquet Jan. 24 and the Port Salerno Seafood Festival on Jan. 26, there will not be a Rivers Coalition meeting in January.

We'll see you at the February meeting which will feature a major program about our estuary waters.

New Link and Column on Fascinating Book.
Now you can link directly to the entire text of an important but out of print book titled "The River Killers" that details the grim story of how our St. Lucie estuary was devastated by the periodic discharges from Lake Okeechobee .

Just go to our front page of the website and click on the River Killers headline. You'll see a new column about how a major south outlet from the lake was planned back in 1958 but got mysteriously dropped.

The material is more relevant today than ever, because the lake discharge problem is worse than ever now (except in these drought times). Only the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund lawsuit can bring back the estuary to the greatness it once showed. Share this with friends.

Click here to see the Book!

And See New Video on website of Dr. Grant Gilmore's Presentation about the Amazing Diversity We Lose
Thanks to today's incredible technology, we now feature Dr. Gilmore's complete presentation about the St. Lucie estuary via a video on our website. Just click the "Learn More" button at the top of the front page.

Very few folks understand the huge diversity of the St. Lucie estuary in normal times. There are some 800 species of fish, far more than anywhere else in Florida, or even North America . Everyone needs to see this presentation to understand what we lose due to the harmful discharges that are shunted on us in wet years by the old plumbing system that protects the Everglades Agricultural Area.

Click here to view the presentation.

Seats going Fast for the Save our River Banquet
Some 270 banquet goers are in for a memorable evening of great eating (Outback Steakhouse catering),

Raffles, auctions, open bar, socializing and surprises, all helping the Save Our River campaign to stop the lake discharges.

Click on the artwork at left for more details. The community must come together strong and loud to bring back the estuary, through the pending federal lawsuit and with a permanent commitment to force a new major south outlet from Lake O in order to give the two big estuaries a break. It's really amazing to consider what a wonder river this can be, full of animal and plant life.

We can win, but only if we stand tall and refuse to take it any longer.

Click here to see how to get your tickets!

Second Annual Seafood Festival in Port Salerno Includes Partial Proceeds for Rivers Coalition.
Come Join us on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

The second annual Port Salerno Seafood Festival, is a free, family-friendly festival which will include a wide variety of foods and beverages along with easy access to FREE parking with shuttles. Local seafood restaurants, neighborhood businesses and local fisherman preparing fresh caught seafood. The Seafood festival will also feature a sea life touch tank, courtesy of the Florida Oceanographic Society, more than 70 high-end arts & crafts booths, a fully staffed kid’s area with bounce houses, pony rides and a “Little Miss Mermaid” contest, and live musical entertainment on stage. Throughout the event booths will showcase many of fish art house favorites and community vendors including The Rivers Coalition, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center along Park Street at the waterfront of Port Salerno.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority Inc., the Rivers Coalition, and Port Salerno Community Promotions, a non-profit organization that funds local events throughout the year. For more information on volunteers and sponsorship packages, call 772- 220-0171 or log onto

Click here for more information.

We sure hope that your website is on your computer's favorites/bookmark list. That makes it easy to call up the site quickly for latest additions.

Then send it to friends and associates. They'll also see the links to important content such as "The River Killers" book and Dr. Grant Gilmore's presentation about the incredible diversity of the St. Lucie estuary which we must restore and protect.

As you probably know, you can right click on the website address and copy/paste it to other cyberspacers.

Don't forget to get your name on the Honor Roll!
Donors are continuing to come aboard the Rivers Coalition Defense Fund's new Donor Honor Roll (click on front page).

If you're not listed, we've got a special spot just for you or your group or business.

The lawsuit and campaign to stop the discharges is going extremely well but it is costly and time-consuming. But it's worth every penny and hour we put into it. Imagine a clean estuary full of wildlife and plants.

Make your pledge today go to

Click here to view the list.

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Editor: Jessica Briske

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