Martin County Wetlands Under Attack

A professional land planner wants to change the Comprehensive Growth Management Plan to allow the destruction of one-half acre wetlands by developers. 
What’s The Big Deal?
If this proposal is approved, clean drinking water will be exposed to pollutants. Flood control barriers will be removed. Sustainable native vegetation will be lost. Diverse wildlife species will be evicted. Asphalt and cement will replace natural landscapes.
What Can You Do?
Join us on February 23 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for a Wetlands Workshop at theWolf Technology Center Auditorium at Indian River State College. This is a chance to learn more about how this proposal could change our quality of life in Martin County.  The proposed amendment removing the wetlands protections is scheduled to go before the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, March 2, 2017, as the first step required in the approval process. (Please attend the LPA meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Martin County Commission Chambers, 2600 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, to add your voice to those who oppose this amendment.)

Click here to download the workshop flyer


  • Gary Goforth, Ph.D.: Water Resources Engineer
  • Tom Van Lent: Everglades Foundation
  • Greg Braun: Wetlands Expert
  • Maggy Hurchalla: Wetlands & Comprehensive Plan Expert
  • Jason Totoiu: Everglades Law Center

They will explain the critical importance of small urban wetlands to our community and the region.
What If We Lose?
We cannot allow this violation of the Comp Plan. Proponents of this proposal hope to create a wedge of opportunity for wetlands invasion. By gaining approval to destroy “small wetlands” they would open the door to usurping larger wetland areas. After all, if you accept destroying a half acre, why not a full acre or even two?
No Time To Waste
Don't be fooled into believing this is only a "small" attack on our quality of life. Small wetlands prevent big problems. Let's get that message out. Please join us on February 23rd.

The Martin County Conservation Alliance website seeks to inform residents about  development projects and Comprehensive Plan amendments which threaten our special Martin County quality of life.  We invite the public to attend our monthly meetings.  

Please become a member of the Martin County Conservation Alliance and stand with us. The state has severely weakened the Growth Management Act, so we must join together and act locally.  It is our best hope of preserving our Martin County difference. 
Website by the Martin County Conservation Alliance,  P.O. Box 1923,  Stuart, FL 34995