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FORCE - FRIENDS OF THE RIVERS COALITION eNEWSLETTER January 2009 PO Box 2627 Stuart, Fl 34995 772-225-6849

A new concept for a unique public "Restoration Reserve" in the planned sugarland acquisition property will be explored and discussed at this month's meeting of the Rivers Coalition in Stuart.

Members and the public are urged to attend the year's first Rivers Coalition meeting, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan 29 in the Stuart City Hall.

The Reserve could provide a tremendous "bonus" for sugarland acquisition, the basic purpose for which is a storage flowway south from Lake Okeechobee that would restore much of the River of Grass and relieve the two large estuaries of devastating discharges to the coasts in wet years.

Benefits and features of the proposed Reserve are covered in the Openers Column in Florida Sportsman Magazine's current February issue and may be seen at the following link:

Also working on the Reserve idea is Forest Michael, of Michael Planning and Design, who will present preliminary options and thoughts about the possibilities for the Rivers Coalition audience.

"The Reserve can be an exciting addition for the sugar purchase," said Rivers Coalition Chairman, Leon Abood. "There are all kinds of spinoffs that can help the economy, the environment and our quality of life. Let's all get behind it in a big way."

The City Hall location offers plenty of free parking and there will be coffee and donuts for those attending.
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1.  Supported and worked for U.S. Sugar land acquisition

2.  Completed pre-trial work on federal riparian rights lawsuit

3.  Joined lawsuit against EPA water transfers without permits

4.  Successfully fought "base flow" discharges into St. Lucie estuary

5.  Advocacy to Water Management District, governor and others

6.  Continued fund-raising efforts to support saving the estuary

Check out our Video - Saving the St. Lucie Estuary, Click here.
What's Happening at the Next Meeting?

Thursday January 29, 2009
11am to 12:30pm at:
City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Ave, Stuart, Fl 34994

Business Matters
*  Chairman's Comments - Leon Abood
*  Strategic Planning 2009 - Leon Abood
*  River of Grass Reserve Proposal Presentation - Karl Wickstrom
    Guest Speaker - Forest Michael
*  Legal Update - Karl Wickstrom
*  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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Editor: Jessica Briske
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