Politicians’ gravy train has brought Lake O to its knees

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“We are suffering this disaster because the sugar industry will not part with enough land, even if overpriced, to send Lake Okeechobee water south every year. It is just that simple … Click here to read more

River Crisis: Ask yourself honestly, ‘Why has my community had the same problem for 50 years?’

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Clint Starling of Jensen Beach, a sixth-generation Floridian who has been organizing protests for the St. Lucie River, comments on the River Crisis: “If you understand this problem and its remarkable simplicity, the fact it remains unresolved is enough to make your blood boil.” … Click here to read more

Mark your calendar for Riverpalooza, September 7, 12-10PM, to benefit Rivers Coalition

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Riverpalooza will feature bands, food, raffles, silent auction, kids’ games, mini golf, face painting, petitions and speakers throughout the day.And there’s an opportunity to buy an awesome Green Chile Sauce appropriately named “River Sludge!” … Click here to read more

Video: Thousands of supporters attend Riverstock, fundraising success for Rivers Coalition

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WPTV reports that thousands of supporters spent Labor Day weekend raising money for the river they’d typically be celebrating the holiday on. Drawn in by Riverstock’s live music, food, and drinks, Treasure Coast residents helped raise more than $10,000 for the Rivers Coalition Sunday. Video … Click here to read more

Riverstock benefit at Jensen Public Beach: Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 1

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Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 1 (Labor Day weekend) for the Riverstock benefit at Jensen Public Beach to help save our river and stop the discharges. All of the proceeds will go directly to the Rivers Coalition. … Click here to read more

WPTV video: Woman writes song about St. Lucie River to send message to Rep. Patrick Murphy

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Congressman Murphy said he plans to meet with the Army Corps of Engineers’ chief in Washington D.C to push for sending water south through sugar land. One woman hopes Murphy will be able to make a difference in Washington. Kathy Thomas feels so passionately about the St. Lucie River, she wrote a song about it. Video … Click here to read more

Rivers Coalition meeting open to public; US Rep Murphy speaks Thursday at Stuart’s Flagler Center

Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL 18)

Congressman Patrick Murphy will address the Rivers Coalition on August 29th at 11am. The Rivers Coalition meeting is open to the public at The Flagler Center in downtown Stuart, 201 SW Flagler Avenue. The Congressman will give an update on the latest federal initiatives and his vision for ending the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. … Click here to read more

Video: ‘Lake Okeechobee water release is poison for St. Lucie River’

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WPTV reports that The Army Corps of Engineers release of millions of gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Canal is worrying those who preserve and restore the St. Lucie River. Leon Abood of the Rivers Coalition in Stuart said this move is “poison” for the river: It kills the oysters, seagrass and stops spawning. It not only hurts the environment not only hurts the river but it also hurts our economy also.” Watch video … Click here to read more

US Dept of Interior’s Everglades Restoration Initiative Director to speak Thursday in Stuart

Shannon Estenoz, US Department of Interior's Everglades Restoration Initiative Director

The Rivers Coalition has announced that the Jan. 26 meeting will feature Shannon Estenoz, Director of the Everglades Restoration Initiative for the U.S. Department of Interior. Rivers Coalition members and the general public will have an opportunity to hear first hand timely information regarding Everglades restoration including the funding of approved CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan) projects. The meeting will begin at 11AM. Rivers Coalition public meetings are held at the City of Stuart commission chambers, 121 SW Flagler Ave. … Click here to read more