River Warriors at #EVCO2018

River Warriors at #EVCO2018

Stuart, Florida Jan 14,2018- B) River Warriors: Impact and Significance of the Indian River Lagoon Grassroots Movement • Elliott Amphitheater The lost summers of 2013 and 2016 along the St. Lucie estuary and the Indian River Lagoon have been the crucible in which the “send water south” campaign and the passage of Senate Bill 10 by the Florida Legislature in 2017 were stoked. Grassroots forces in the community impacted by harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges year after year were mobilized — passionate and strong. Community groups, private citizens, business owners, health professionals, teachers, parents, and students were involved, all committed to finding a solution to the water crisis that has plagued our greatest shared resource — our water. Come hear the stories of the “River Warriors” in the hometown that called them each to action.

Moderator: Maggy Hurchalla, River Warrior and Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame Member Panelists: Marty Baum, Indian Riverkeeper; Michael Connor, Fishing Guide; Kenny Hinkle, Activist and Videographer; Gayle Ryan, Activist; Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Former Mayor of the Town of Sewall’s Point, River Kidz Volunteer Administrator, Blogger, and Member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission

The River Warriors were celebrated and honored at #EVCO

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch.#EVCO2018

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch.#EVCO2018





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Maggy/ Gayle Ryan

Gayle Ryan #evco2018

Gayle Ryan #evco2018


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Kenny Hinkle

Kenny Hinkle Jr #evco2018

Kenny Hinkle Jr #evco2018


Correction: Kerry West coined “River Warriors.”


Here is Kenny’s Video when no one was paying attention

We have to get Mikes video up but here he is working out there in the Toxic Algae


Marty Baum Indian Riverkeeper



Marty Baum Indian Riverkeeper 2 My fav clip. So honored to be part of this history. First protest at the locks I shot Marty in this great speech. I put the videos up on UVU (channel 2). Most of my videos got a few hundred views but this one got thousands. I think probably every person that lived in Clewiston watched because after that they accused us of wanting to flood them. (which is absurd but whatever)

This is the speech. On UVU it has thousands of views. 7000 people protest the discharges at the st lucie locks aug 3, 2013. A totally organic response to the disastrous discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The day we all met. The day we became river warriors.


Marty Baum Indian Riverkeeper 3


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Wrap up with Maggy

Maggy Hurchalla #EVCO2018

Maggy Hurchalla


“I just want to say that the environmental activists of the State of  Florida thanks the River Warriors for being such incredible, honorable role models.” Cris Costello Florida Sierra Club

Here are some more photos

River Warrior Photo Gallery


A very special thank you to Mary Higgins for helping with the live videos.



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