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

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

Estenoz develops departmental policy for the Everglades and coordinates the work of the three Interior agencies – the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey – that are involved in the restoration effort. She also works with the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, which was established by Congress in 1996 to facilitate intergovernmental collaboration among the federal, state, tribal and local governments.

A Florida native and resident of Plantation, Estenoz holds degrees in civil engineering and international affairs and has more than a decade of experience in restoring the Everglades. She has served in appointed positions under Florida Governors Lawton Chiles, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist, with her most recent service as a member of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District. In that capacity she chairs the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Resources Advisory Commission and the Broward Water Resources Task Force.

The Rivers Coalition formed in 1998 as a result of the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The Rivers Coalition is a broad based, grass roots organization of businesses, environmental & civic groups representing over 300,000 individuals. The Rivers Coalition’s mission is to fight for a safe, healthy and ecologically balanced St. Lucie River Estuary and Indian River Lagoon. In the past 50 years, the health of the river and lagoon has been deteriorating and will continue to do so without an active citizenry. Natural resources are a vital component to the quality of life and long term economic sustainability of Martin County and the Treasure Coast.

Free parking, coffee & donuts will be provided. For more information, contact the Rivers Coalition at 772-225-6849, or visit their website: http://www.riverscoalition.org/

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