Experts Monitor IRL for Signs of Algal Blooms

By Matthew Peddie July 19, 2017 WMFE Rain and hot weather are putting stress on the Indian River Lagoon. Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program executive director Duane DeFreese said drought conditions earlier this year meant less nutrients were washing into the lagoon. DeFreese said the water in the lagoon is clearer than last year, […]

Microplastics plague the lagoon

By Jim Waymer May 26, 2017 Florida Today The crabs and oysters we eat from the Indian River Lagoon harbor tiny bits of plastic, with unknown health risks to us and to them, new research suggests. University of Central Florida researchers say our old fraying boat ropes, fishing equipment, fibers from synthetic clothes and other broken-down plastic bits are the […]

Research Shows Link Between Environment, Dolphin Health

By Amy Green May 15, 2017 WMFE New research reveals the critical role the environment plays in dolphin health. The study compared dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon and Charleston, S.C., with those at the Georgia Aquarium and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego. Lead author Patricia Fair of the Medical University […]

Dolphin ills echo human health risks

By Jim Waymer May 5, 2017 Florida Today Researchers studying our closest relatives that live in the Indian River Lagoon have delivered a grim diagnosis: our local dolphins are ailing under a relentless barrage of pathogens, mercury and pollution. Half suffer chronic illness, and biologists say we had better pay attention to their plight, or we may be next. “I think […]

Indian River Lagoon could get $30 million boost this year

By Isadora Rangel March 22, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — The Indian River Lagoon might get a $30 million annual boost this year through a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday. Republican Sen. Debbie Mayfield, who represents the bulk of the 156-mile estuary in Brevard and Indian River counties, filed legislation to clean the estuary troubled in recent […]

Leading scientific expert on toxic algae says it will happen again

By Jana Eschbach March 15, 2017 CBS 12 TREASURE COAST (CBS12) — It’s an environmental and economic disaster that will likely happen again, according to research on harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon. For the Treasure Coast and Space Coast’s waterways already suffering from bouts of red and brown tide and toxic algae blooms, the […]

Indian River muck dredging starts

By Kevin Spears February 20, 2017 Orlando Sentinel A determined and costly battle has begun against a sulfurous monster in the Indian River Lagoon, using a massive weapon of muck destruction. The 150-mile ribbon of partly salty, partly fresh water that hugs Florida’s Atlantic coast is gagging on what many call “muck.” Created by decades of […]

Video: Guardians Year In Review

Check out our many public awareness campaigns during 2016 from our annual meeting, held on December 13, 2016. You can move the playhead to the following times to watch individual speakers and presentations: Opposition to All Aboard Florida/Merrill Snyder: 58 seconds How Social Media Works/Chris Adams: 10 minutes Clean Water Campaigns/Merrill Snyder: 24m 17s Florida’s Path […]

Port St. Lucie seeks $8 million for McCarty Ranch water farm

By Tyler Treadway January 3, 2017 TC Palm PORT ST. LUCIE — City officials see acres and acres of overgrown citrus groves as a way of helping save the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon while slaking the thirst of future residents. And all the city needs to make the vision a reality, they say, is […]

Everglades dolphins have record-high mercury levels, FIU study shows

By Tyler Treadway December 26, 2016 TC Palm Dolphins in the Everglades and the Indian River Lagoon are sending us a warning about how mercury accumulates in their bodies and ours. A study Florida International University scientists published in the scientific journal Environmental Pollution in October found bottlenose dolphins in the Everglades, particularly along the northeastern shore […]