South Florida Water Management Executive Director to speak at first Rivers Coalition evening meeting


Stuart, FL – The Rivers Coalition is pleased to announce that South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Executive Director, Melissa Meeker, will be the speaker during the monthly meeting on April 25. The April meeting is the first of its kind for the Rivers Coalition, being held after hours as part of its new outreach plan.

“It’s important for us to give all residents the opportunity to voice their opinions and be a part of positive change for our waterways,” said Leon Abood, Rivers Coalition Chairman. “We knew bringing a prominent speaker like Melissa Meeker to an evening meeting would better serve our community.”

Meeker served on the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board from 2007 to 2009 and was appointed Executive Director in June 2011. As the Executive Director for South Florida Water Management District, the state’s largest water management district, Meeker is entrusted with carrying out the mission of protecting and managing water resources of the region.

With nearly 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Melissa Meeker has a proven record of executive management, policy development, business administration and government relations expertise.

During the meeting Meeker will give a presentation reviewing the progress and the improvements that have been made to benefit the health of the South Florida ecosystem, including the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon. She will also be available to provide updates regarding the progress of Everglades Restoration projects. “We hope that Melissa will be here to give us some good news,” said Abood. “Our waterways are struggling and we need the help of SFWMD to help us protect them.”

The April 25 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Stuart City Hall 121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, Fl 34994. This is the first evening meeting for the organization, with the goal of providing the public with more opportunity to support our rivers and waterways. For more information about the Rivers Coalition visit

About the River’s Coalition

The Rivers Coalition’s purpose is to create 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 in Martin County and the Treasure Coast. The Rivers Coalition is working to educate the public about these looming ramifications and activate the local community to take action to preserve the river and lagoon.


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