DEP Hosts Indian River Lagoon Restoration Plan Meeting

April.16.2015

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites stakeholders – government representatives, scientists, environmental organizations, agricultural operators, area residents and others – to attend a technical meeting to discuss the restoration plan being implemented for Indian River Lagoon. The meeting’s purpose is to track assessments of the lagoon’s biological health based on seagrass populations and to provide an update on the water quality models that may be used to calculate pollutant loading to the lagoon.

WHAT:       Indian River Lagoon Restoration Plan Technical Meeting

WHEN:       Tuesday, April 21

                   9:30 a.m. – noon

WHERE:    City of Palm Bay Council Chambers

                   120 Malabar Road

                   Palm Bay, FL 32907

“Communication with stakeholders is essential to our efforts,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity to have productive conversations about restoration and assure cooperation moving forward.”

The Indian River Lagoon system has been impacted over time by the influx of nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorous from stormwater and wastewater, as well as by excessive freshwater inputs. The department adopted a restoration plan in early 2013 to remove or reduce the sources of nutrient pollution and promote seagrass growth.

The Indian River Lagoon system is a nationally renowned estuary that supports remarkable biological diversity and recreational resources. It is considered the most biologically diverse estuary in North America and is recognized as part of the National Estuary Program. The lagoon directly and indirectly generates billions of dollars in commerce and recreation and supports thousands of jobs. Investing in projects and programs to improve the lagoon’s water quality is vital to the environment, quality of life and Florida’s economy.

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