Research Links

Brevard County Save Our Lagoon Project Map - this Brevard County map displays the location of all the current Save Our IRL projects and their completion status.

Save Our Lagoon Project Plan - Updated 2020 - The 2020 Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan, outlines local projects planned to meet water quality targets and improve the health, productivity, aesthetic appeal, and economic value of the lagoon. Click here to read the 2020 Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan.

Water Quality Improvement by Removing Muck - A new report, Muck Removal Efficiency plus Biological and Chemical Responses/Improvements after Dredging (Subtask 2),  largely confirms the beneficial impacts of muck dredging on the reduction of nutrients entering the Lagoon waters. Monitoring before and 3 months after dredging of Turkey Creek showed 63% of the muck was removed, including 300 metric tons of Nitrogen and 70 metric tons of Phosphorus. This resulted in a 50% decline in pollutant flux into the water and dissolved oxygen doubled 1-2 meters down in the water column. Seagrass abundance changes appeared to be dominated by seasonal effects, no significant change was attributable to dredging. Dredged muck sites showed improvements in the abundance and diversity of invertebrate benthic infauna, results for sandy and mixed sand/muck areas showed mixed results. Data did not allow conclusions to be drawn about the effect on fish.

National Estuary Program - In 1987, Congress established the National Estuary Program (NEP) as a non-regulatory, community-based program to protect and restore the water quality of estuaries. 

The Indian River Lagoon was nominated as an Estuary of National Significance and joined the NEP in 1990 under the sponsorship of the St. Johns and South Florida Water Management Districts. The Program's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) was published in 1997 and updated in 2008










Lagoon Straight Talks are free forums intended to provide an overview of current and planned projects and to provide answers to a concerned public.

Due to Covid 19, the next Lagoon Straight Talk forum will be scheduled at a later date.

Visit our Lagoon Facts webpage for previous Straight Talk forum videos.

Scroll Up