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Septic Moratorium Briefing

BREVARD COUNTY CONSIDERS FIVE-MONTH MORATORIUM ON INEFFICIENT SEPTIC SYSTEMS May 17, 2018 BRIEFING FROM The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition The most important way to heal the Indian River Lagoon is to reduce Nitrogen – no matter where it comes from. Sources include leaky septic tanks, sewage releases, residential fertilizer, storm water runoff (that contains…

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Brews and Brevard IRL

 Join us on April 26 at 6pm at the Intracoastal Brewing Company. Join Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, who are at the forefront in restoring the Indian River Lagoon in Brevard County. Find out about the current conditions of the lagoon and how the community is helping to restore it.

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Governor Scott vetoes HB 1149

April 6, 2018  Governor Rick Scott vetoed HB 1149.  In his veto letter to Secretary Deztner, Governor Scott states “After thoroughly reviewing HB 1149, I am not convinced that this legislation will not muddle Florida’s protection of our aquifers. The Department of Environmental Protection will remain focused on protecting Florida’s water resources and will continue to safeguard our…

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HB 1149 endangers our aquifers and drinking water

The League of Women Voters summarizes HB 1149: Incentivizes using reclaimed wastewater to recharge Florida’s aquifers. Provides that DEP and the Water Management Districts reissue the construction phase of individual permits up to three years after they expire, basing the re-issuance on original permit conditions and ignoring any new requirements or standards. Reclaimed water may…

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Fixing the IRL Goes Beyond Brevard’s Sales Tax

BIRLC’s recent Opinion Piece published in Florida Today. In it, MJ Waters makes the point that there are multiple sources contributing to the problems of our precious Lagoon, and that each source must be corrected by the organizations responsible, drawing on their own specific tools and resources. Read the article “Fixing the IRL Goes Beyond Brevard’s Sales…

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Bills to Let Treated Sewage Pumped Into Aquifer

Take action NOW. Call your Florida Senator & Representative today. A pair of bills quietly moving through the Florida House and Senate have the potential to change the quality of the state’s water supply. The bills — HB 1149 and SB 1308 — encourage replenishing the fresh drinking water in the underground aquifer with treated…

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Deal Reached on Land Conservation Funding!

Florida legislature news on funding Florida Forever and the Environmentally Endangered Lands program. (Shared from Audubon Florida’s Facebook post).     BIG NEWS! Thank you to the House and Senate leaders who, working late into the night, arrived at an agreement on Florida Forever funding for the coming year. $77 million for environmentally endangered lands…

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