DEP Continues Indian River Lagoon Restoration Efforts

May 21, 2015

COCOA, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a public meeting to review progress in water quality restoration activities for the Indian River Lagoon. Stakeholders and the public are invited to attend. Updates on ongoing activities and new projects implemented since early 2014 will be provided.

“Water quality restoration is a long-term, complex process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “Annually the department and local stakeholders review progress and adapt to new information in order to achieve our ultimate goal of restoring the Indian River Lagoon.”

The Indian River Lagoon is impaired due to excessive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus. To reduce nutrient pollution, the department adopted basin management action plans, or BMAPs. BMAPs are detailed restoration plans that identify projects and strategies to reduce pollution and return the lagoon to a healthy state.

After BMAP adoption, the department hosts annual public meetings to review progress and refine plans going forward. These meetings are an opportunity for stakeholders and concerned citizens to receive updates and become part of the restoration process.

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.

For more information on the Indian River Lagoon BMAPs, please click here.

For more information on the upcoming meeting, including location and agenda, please click here.

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