FORCE - Friends of The Rivers Coalition eNewsletter - MAY 2008
P.O Box 2627, Stuart, FL 34995 ~ 772-225-6849

Congressional Candidate Endorses Flowway, Other Positions Requested by Rivers Coalition.


Hal Valeche, Republican candidate for Congress serving this district, officially endorses the flowway concept to move water south from Lake Okeechobee instead of east and west to the degraded estuaries. 


Valeche presented his position in a paper provided to the Rivers Coalition. The Coalition requests written positions on the river issue from other candidates, including Republicans Gayle Harrell and Tom Rooney as well as incumbent Democrat Tim Mahoney.


Using a slogan of "Val-a-shay for Flowway," Valeche said a southern outlet such as Plan Six is vital to provide sheetflow to the Everglades, protect the estuaries from damaging discharges and stop immense losses of water to the oceans. His paper states:


 "The damage done to the St. Lucie Estuary as a result of large fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Canal can possibly be reversed, but only if we act promptly and decisively. Although many of the projects authorized in CERP and the IRL plan will be helpful once they are finally funded and accomplished, I think we must go beyond CERP to rescue this one-of-a-kind asset."


 Creation of a south outlet also has attracted support from several candidates for other offices.


And State Rep. Will Snyder stated at last month's RC meeting that any speculated damages caused by water moved south would still be little compared to the problems caused in wet years when hundreds of billions of gallons of polluted and turbid fresh water drowns out estuarine life in the St. Lucie River.

Guest Speaker - Fred Burkey.

Presentation on Martin County Stormwater/Watersheds

'Saving Our St. Lucie Estuary" DVD Ready for Public Viewings!

The public is invited to see a completed eight-minute DVD at the coming Rivers Coalition meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26.

"Saving Our St. Lucie Estuary" is a hard-hitting documentary that focuses on damages to the estuary caused by discharges from Lake Okeechobee and what can be done to stop them from inundating the waters in wet years. 

opies of the DVD are available for showing to RC member groups and civic organizations. The Rivers Coalition Defense Fund also intends to show the presentation to as many government officials as possible. 

The showing calls for increased citizen support of the campaign to stop the discharges, which includes a current lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and advocacy on local, state and federal levels.

What's going on at the next meeting?

Thursday June 26, 2008 - 11:00AM

Realtor Association of Martin County

43 SW Monterey Road, Stuart

Corner of Monterey Road and Kanner Highway 

Plenty of free parking. Donuts and Coffee. 

Business Matters

  • Chairman’s Comments                                                       Leon Abood
  • Guest Speaker                                                                   Fred Burkey
    Presentation on Martin County Stormwater/Watersheds                                                                         
  • Special Program                                                                    Leon Abood
    “Saving Our St. Lucie Estuary” DVD Ready for Public Viewings
  • Legal Update                                                                        Karl Wickstrom
  • Special Events                                                                      Jessica Briske
  • Fundraising                                                                           Karl Wickstrom
  • WRAC                                                                                   Ted Guy/Ed Fielding

 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
  • Martin County Updates                                                      Paul Millar

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