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Rivers Coalition

Rivers Coalition
Formation1998; 26 years ago (1998)
Registration no.Florida Registration ID: 85-8013870716C-4
Legal status501(c)(3)
HeadquartersStuart, Florida

The Rivers Coalition is an advocacy organization started in 1998 and based out of Stuart, Florida, working on behalf of the St. Lucie River, St. Lucie Estuary, and Indian River Lagoon to stop the adverse environmental and economic effects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discharges into the St. Lucie River from Lake Okeechobee.[1][2][3][4]

Community involvement

The Rivers Coalition hosts monthly meetings at the City of Stuart Town Hall, and invites elected officials, agency representatives, scientists, and more to discuss the issues facing the St. Lucie River, St. Lucie Estuary, and Indian River Lagoon.[5][6]

Legal Defense Fund

The Rivers Coalition Defense Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code and registered in the State of Florida.[7][8] The Legal Defense fund was involved in the lawsuit: Mildenberger v. United States. 643 F.3d 938 (Fed. Cir. 2011). The text of the lawsuit is available here:

River Kidz

The River Kidz is a youth organization designed to encourage young people to learn about the issues facing the St. Lucie River, St. Lucie Estuary, and Indian River Lagoon, so they are better able to speak out, get involved, and raise awareness on behalf of Florida waters and environment.[9][10]


The Rivers Coalition represents over 105 member organizations, which includes environmental groups, businesses, fishing clubs, and homeowners associations representing approximately 400,000 people.[11][12]



  1. ^ "Rivers Coalition - About Us". Rivers Coalition.
  2. ^ Andy Reid, Irfan Uraizee and Yiran Zhu. "A Draining Problem How the release of Lake Okeechobee floodwaters is dirtying Florida's coastline".
  3. ^ "Rivers Coalition continues fight to save St. Lucie estuary and..." Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  4. ^ "A timeline of the Indian River Lagoon crisis". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  5. ^ Johnson, Katie. "Scientist meets with members of Rivers Coalition to discuss Lake Okeechobee discharges Rivers Coalition meets with scientist".
  6. ^ "Rivers Coalition needs camcorder to deliver its message". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  7. ^ "2014 RIVERS COALITION DEFENSE FUND INC". 990-N (e-Postcard) filer Information.
  8. ^ RIVERS COALITION DEFENSE FUND, INC. "Florida Not For Profit Corporation". Florida Department of State Division of Corporations.
  9. ^ "River Kidz plans Lemonade Stand, Clean Up".
  10. ^ "River Kidz raise funds, collect trash at Sewall's Point Park". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  11. ^ "Organizational Members & Representatives".
  12. ^ Samples, Eve. "Eve Samples: Rivers Coalition leader stepping down after 17 years". TCPalm.
  13. ^ Spear, Kevin. "Pollution, Drought, El Niño Leading to Collapse of Florida's Coastal Environments".

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