Derelict Vessels in the IRL

Brevard Delivers is a quarterly publication for providing transparency on projects throughout Brevard County.  It is published by the Brevard County Government www.brevardfl.gov . This article discusses how the Brevard County’s boating and waterway’s program is responsible for keeping derelict vessels from becoming a navigational risk or an environmental problem.  While it is the owner’s…

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2020 proposed update to the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan is available for review

The 2020 proposed update to the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan is available for review on the website https://www.brevardfl.gov/SaveOurLagoon/Home. The plan will be voted on by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners at their meeting held February 25, 9:00 a.m. The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan outlines local projects planned…

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Lawmakers take heed of algae task force proposals

Heron at Turkey Creek

This article in the Naples Daily News is a good summary of the current bills addressing water pollution. Lawmakers are pushing several bills this session that have regulatory implications as the state tries to rid its waters of blue-green algae and similar pollution. The recommendations came from the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, a group of…

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Restoration Progresses in the Indian River Lagoon

January 2020 marks the third year of the massive undertaking to save the Indian River Lagoon.   The half cent sales tax has already collected more than $125 million, of which a fourth has been contributed by tourists.  Approximately half the funding goes towards reducing excess nutrients which cause algae overgrowth.  Another third of the money…

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Here’s how to fix Florida’s water crisis

Guest columnist for the Treasure Coast Newspaper, Judy Orcutt, explains how Florida’s water management districts’s mission is to protect and manage the water quality and availability.  She continues to discuss how and where improvements should be made and who should be overseeing the improvement efforts.  She says “With strong leadership, free from political pressure and…

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Florida’s harmful algal blooms are dangerous to humans | Opinion

An opinion piece posted in Florida Today news discusses the political actions needed to combat Florida’s harmful algal blooms to humans.  Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Blue-Green Algae Task Force has made several recommendations but there is concern about available funding to prevent future blooms.  This opinion piece details the causes of algal blooms, the health risks,…

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Brevard County Commission rejects loosening rules designed to protect wetlands

“County commissioners have decided against moving forward with proposed changes in wetlands protection regulations” according to a recent article in Florida Today news. While a group of development interests sought modifications in the wetlands rules, other speakers asked the commissioners to reject the proposed changes.  Fifteen residents who addressed the County Commission during public comment…

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Florida lawmakers vow to crack down on pollution that contributes to algae problems

According to the Jan 18, 2020 article in Tallahassee.com, “Republican leaders in the Legislature are vowing this year will be different when it comes to improving water quality.” “New regulations on polluters are being proposed, and they have some prominent GOP backers. If approved, they would represent a significant departure for a GOP-controlled Legislature that…

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Advocates say it’s time to see how well tax to clean Indian River Lagoon is doing

The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition will hold a public forum, called “Lagoon Straight Talk,” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Satellite High School auditorium. The Jan. 22 lagoon forum at SHS includes progress reports from Virginia Barker, director of Brevard County’s Natural Resource Management Department; and Duane De Freese, executive director of the Indian River…

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