Looking to join with our partners to help save the lagoon? With so many community and partner events across Brevard County, there’s always one near you. Check out our Lagoon Community Calendar for upcoming community and partner events.
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What can YOU do to help the IRL? There are many opportunities – hands on support with our Partners, joining Coalition committees, click on Volunteer to find one right for you! Also, look at this tool to find native plants for landscaping in YOUR area!
Our vision is an Indian River lagoon of clear waters, alive with lush sea grass beds, thriving fish, birds, manatees and dolphins – a healthy place where our families can play. Select an item below for updates and information:
The Brevard Indian River Coalition is proud to include local government, non-profit and business organizations, all working together to improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon. We encourage you to learn more about our lagoon partners and what they do. We couldn’t do what we do if it wasn’t for our amazing partners. Check out their events on our Community Calendar.
The plan to restore the lagoon - including Citizen Oversite Committee updates (click on the pic!)
Save The Lagoon Project Plan – Draft 2019 Version.Remove the nutrient-rich muck on the bottom of the lagoon. This has taken years to accumulate and will take significant resources to remove. This is just one of the actions in the plan.
IRL Scoreboard – Reduce pollutants and flow of excess nutrients into the lagoon that come from: groundwater from septic and aging wastewater systems, storm water runoff washing yard waste and fertilizer into the lagoon, and air pollution.
IRL Dashboard – Restorenatural filters and oxygen-producing systems created by oyster beds, mangroves, wetlands and seagrass beds.
Citizen Oversight Committee Meeting Reports –Respondand adjust as we get new data on how the Lagoon is responding.
On July 17, samples taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection identified the algae at nearby at Jetty Park as a “filamentous cyanobacteria (Lyngbya-like) and Ceramium sp.” DEP’s tests did not detect any toxins in that algae. Read more here….
July 19,2019 Florida Today reports: Bright-green algae blanketed waters near the lake’s banks this week (photo credit: Jim Waymer). The algae altered how the city disinfects its water, resulting in about 60 customer complaints of a strange odor to their drinking water. Excess
April 10, 2019. Florida Today reported….Blue-green algae are laden with microcystins that are a cause of non-alcoholic liver cancer. Drs. Paul Cox and James Metcalf of Brain Chemistry Labs reported that microcystin levels in samples from Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie River
The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community regarding our precious Indian River Lagoon, and assembling the many allies of the lagoon throughout Brevard County to work together to save our lagoon.
We could use your help to help the lagoon.
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About the Coalition
The BIRLC was formed in the early 2000s as an informal organization to support and enable the community to push to enact the necessary fertilizer ordinances throughout all of Brevard County to help sustain the Indian River Lagoon.
With little to no attention or public outcry following the algal blooms in early 2016 that resulted in the March 2016 fish kill, Melbourne resident Spence Guerin led the efforts to establish a citizen-led coalition to save the Indian River Lagoon.