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House OKs WRDA water bill with South Florida water projects for Indian River Lagoon, others

(TCPalm.com, 7/29/20)  Tyler Treadway, environmental reporter for the Indian River Lagoon reports  “The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the 2020 version of the Water Resources and Development Act, a list of federal water projects including several to help clean up the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers and Indian River Lagoon. A similar bill is working its way…

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City of Stuart about to become septic free

(TCPALM.COM, 2020/07/15) The city of Stuart is about to become septic system free, 100% sewer lines, to cut pollution into the Indian River Lagoon. The project began eight years ago and was completed two years earlier than estimated. Hooking up to the sewer system is voluntary, unless your septic system fails. So far owners of…

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Floridians Worried About Water Quality – Willing to Pay to Fix it

Photo Credit: Sam Wolfe/Special to TCPalm (April 18,2020,  TCPalm.com) 81% of Floridians want their government to do more to protect water quality, according to a new statewide poll commissioned by Brevard IRL Coalition and Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County.  The poll was conducted by Florida Atlantic University and surveyed 1,150 people statewide. The…

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UF Researchers To Study How Algae Blooms Hurt Florida’s Economy

Photo credit: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara (May 12, 2020, WJCT, Brendan Rivers) “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 determining how the algal blooms will financially…

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Interior to push drilling in Florida waters after November election

Photo credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images. (Politico.com, 6/10/2020) According to reporter, Ben Lefebvre, “Interior has spent years working on a proposed drilling plan that would expand oil companies‘ access to waters around the country’s coastline, including a draft plan issued in 2018 by the Trump administration that considered opening the federal waters off both of Florida’s coasts. …

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Vero Beach Stormwater Utility

June 21, 2020.  CWC FB post. On Tuesday at 9:30 am, the City Council is holding a pre-budget workshop on the possibility of initiating a  Stormwater Utility to fund water quality projects to reduce pollution to our lagoon.  You are encouraged to express your support through emails to tbursick@covb.org. The stormwater infrastructure in Vero Beach…

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Brevard Zoo Completes Largest Living Shoreline Yet

(June 23, 2020  Space Coast Daily news) This conservation project, which took several weeks to complete, was jointly funded by the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and Brevard County’s Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan. The living shoreline was built across three different conservation properties along the Indian River Lagoon in Melbourne Beach…

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5 Reasons the U.S. Needs Free-Flowing Rivers

( June 28, 2019 CUNY, Pew Trust)  Free-flowing rivers are the lifeblood of wild landscapes, providing habitat and food to myriad aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal species. Rivers are also the source of more than two-thirds of the drinking water in the United States, yet fewer than 1 percent of those waterways fall under…

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