A Vision For The Indian River Lagoon: Brevard Zoo and partners strategic plan for a healthy lagoon.
Other Ways To Help Protect Our Lagoon
- Reduce lawn fertilizer, pesticides, and pet waste, and keep waste out of storm drains. Excessive nutrient runoff into the lagoon from fertilizers and pesticides contributes to algal blooms, and a large amount of the fecal coliform bacteria present in storm water runoff originates from pet waste. Meanwhile, chemicals and trash items that are dumped into storm drains throughout the county all end up in the lagoon. These are just a few ways to address Brevard water pollution issues.
- Try composting to reduce your yard waste and create useful mulch for your yard. Also be sure to follow the Florida-Friendly Landscaping program.
- Properly dispose of hazardous waste. Improper disposal can leech chemicals into the lagoon.
- Familiarize yourself with the details on how to recycle and what types of items are accepted.
- Conserve Water to help reduce the amount of essential fresh water removed from our aquifer each year.
- Creating rain barrels is a simple and effective way to conserve water around the house and yard.
Helpful Organizations In Our Area:
- Blue Life Florida is a cooperative partnership among non-profit organizations, local governments, businesses, educational institutions and residents determined to reduce the pollutant load to our nationally acclaimed bodies of water, including the Indian River Lagoon, St. Johns River, and the many tributaries that flow into them.
- My Brevard Yard Program teaches you how to grow a healthy landscape, protect the environment, and save money, all at the same time!
- The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is a great place to visit for some educational fun.
- The Florida Tech Indian River Lagoon Research Institute has lots of great volunteer and event opportunities, and be sure to sign up for a Florida Tech Marine & Environmental Science Summer Camp, available for ages 10 and up.
- The Florida DEP Indian River Lagoon Spoil Island Project has visitor information and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the Florida DEP Aquatic Preserves program manages environmental restoration efforts in several of its preserves that protect various portions of the Indian River Lagoon.
National Oyster Restoration Initiatives:
- The Brevard Oyster Gardening Project was modeled after many established oyster gardening projects, such as the current project in Chesapeake Bay. Give this Nature Conservancy article a read for more information on projects across the nation.
Starting An Oyster Program:
- Interested in starting up a new oyster program to address environmental issues in your area? Here’s what you’ll need to know before you dive in.
- Want to know more about our success strategies? Check out our Community Based Oyster Restoration Webinar on the USFWS Restoration Webinar Series (the May 21st, 2015 episode) covering both of our oyster restoration programs.