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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Fertilizer Ban 2020 – what you need to know and why!
Despite COVID-19, Indian River Lagoon restoration is going strong | Another view
Read how the restoration of the Indian River Lagoon goes forward in FloridaToday’s article by Vince Lamb, May 14, 2020 https://tinyurl.com/yby59qok
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MRCs Virtual Lagoon Learning Programs
To accommodate on-line learning environments, the MRC is now offering free ecology classroom lessons for grades 3-6 through our Virtual Learning program! We have adapted our classroom presentations into four individual programs, aligned with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, which provide opportunities for students to learn about the ecology of coastal estuaries including the Indian River Lagoon, pollution impacts, food chains, and mangrove restoration. Learn more at https://helpthelagoon.org/mrc-virtual-lagoon-learning-programs/
Introducing the Coalition’s newest sponsor
“The SPRINGER MUSIC STUDIO–as a local, family-owned business in West Melbourne, Florida–is proud to support the BIRLC in their clean water efforts via our concert fundraisers and video production capabilities”, states owner Kristin Springer. Kristin has joined the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition’s Communications Committee as a volunteer focused on editing video files for inclusion to our Newsroom/Video section of the website. Per Kristin…
We build confidence and make fond memories for children, teens & adults through lessons and small-group classes in Piano, Singing, Guitar/Ukulele, Song Writing, and Music Readiness (for ages 3-7). Visit www.SpringerMusicStudio.comto learn more about our in-person and remote offerings. Please enjoy our Earth Day Benefit Concert 2020 .
Visit BIRLC Sponsors for a list of all our sponsors who have Helped The Lagoon.
The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) created the water monitoring technology known as Kilroy™. Hardly larger than a football, at a fraction of the cost of other sensors, Kilroy™ nimbly monitors the water’s speed, direction, temperature, depth and has the ability to work with other manufacturer’s instruments. It does so, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, monitoring the vital signs of our living waters.Brevard County funded four Kilroys to be placed in the Banana River/Sykes Creek area. They are all in place and can be tracked on the ORCA site. One is near Sykes Creek/Barge Canal, one is near Karrs Park and two are near the Grand Canal.
Native Plant Landscape
Reaching Our Vision
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 groups, 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 – Summary 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.
Save The Lagoon Project Plan – Revised 2019 Version. 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.Restore natural 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.
(WJCT, Brendan Rivers) May 12, 2020 “A team led by University of Florida researchers is receiving nearly $280,000 to study the social and economic costs of harmful algal blooms.” The University of Florida received federal funding for the study with the goal of
(WUFT News, reporter D. Ivanov, May 4, 2020) “The past five years have been the hottest ever recorded, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, and 2020 is “almost certain” to follow, the agency projects. Florida has made headlines this spring for
(Tampa Bay Times, opinion piece Bob Graham) “Florida should focus on the pandemic and not force through rash changes in environmental policies”, writes Bob Graham. “In this time of crisis and uncertainty, Floridians are depending on state leaders for direction and critical support.
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.