Gov. DeSantis pushing $100M for matching septic tank conversion projects to improve water quality

(News-press.com, Chad Gillis, Feb. 10, 2021) Septic tank conversion will help water quality. Damaging nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorous, have greatly polluted Florida waterways over the years.  These nutrients cause blue-green algae blooms.  The blooms cause aquatic life and grasses to die.   Water runoff containing these damaging nutrients from farms and urban areas flow into the […]

Indian River Lagoon report card: Seagrass still suffers from 2016 Lake O discharges

(TCPalm.com, Max Chesnes, Feb. 5, 2021) The Marine Resources Council published this year’s Indian River Lagoon report card.  The report describes both water and habitat quality as compared to previous years.  The results showed that the seagrass habitat quality was “extremely poor”, and “attributed much of the problem to the Lake Okeechobee discharges in 2016”.  […]

Legislature should honor Article X, Section 28 of Florida’s Constitution | Opinion

(TCPALM, R. Barker, Jan. 21, 2021, ) This opinion piece written by Richard Baker, a University of Florida professor emeritus and president of the Pelican Island Audubon Society, talks about state legislatures “calling for reductions in environmental spending at a time when we need more, not less, funding”.  He continues with concern on how the […]

Planting began of the Gail Meredith Urban Forest at Satellite Beach City Hall

(BIRLC, January 23, 2021) This Saturday, the planting began of the Gail Meredith Urban Forest at Satellite Beach City Hall. Gail was a Satellite Beach resident who passed away unexpectedly during a hurricane in 2019. She was a longtime board member of the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, volunteer with Friends of the Archie Carr […]

Earthjustice sues on behalf of conservation groups to stop EPA rubber-stamping Florida wetlands destruction

(StJohnsRiverkeeper.org, Jan. 14, 2021) Earthjustice is a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization representing the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Florida Wildlife Federation, Miami Waterkeeper, and St. Johns Riverkeeper in the case filed Jan. 14, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District […]

Sally Scalera: Here’s how to care for your yard while protecting the Indian River Lagoon

Florida Today, Sally Scalera, January 6, 2021 “To protect the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Johns River, consider using organic fertilizers and increasing the organic matter content of your soil.” suggests Sally Scalera.  She goes on to explain the ingredients and properties of organic fertilizer.  The benefits to the Indian River Lagoon result from […]

The Case for Weeds, Our Unsung Florida Native Plants

WFSU.org, January 4, 2021 The writer, Rob Diaz De Villegas, suggests that in addition to purchasing native plants for our Florida natural landscaping, that we also learn about the importance of native weeds.    He describes his strategy for incorporating weeds into your lawn, how to take identifying photos, and provides extensive documentation on existing […]

Florida environmental officials warn Titusville about December raw sewage spill

Florida Today, Jim Waymer, January 6, 2021 The city of Titusville leaked 100,000 gallons of raw sewage into a pond at Sand Point Park that flows right into Indian River Lagoon.  The issue was with a leak in a sanitary sewer main located 15 feet below the surface of a stormwater pond.  This incident occurred […]