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, […]

What would it take to make you an Indian River Lagoon activist?

By Tyler Treadway May 30, 2017 TC Palm   The Indian River Lagoon Council wants to know how to make more people more lagoon-friendly. With help from the University of Florida and the St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension Service, the council will sponsor a focus group on lagoon issues Thursday afternoon. Organizers aren’t looking for hardcore environmentalists […]

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 […]

Martin County OKs 5,000-gallon septic

By Tyler Treadway May 23, 2017 TC Palm (Excerpt) Size matters The size refers to the gallons of wastewater the system can process in a day, not the capacity of the septic tank. The state standard is for systems that can process up to 10,000 gallons a day. The commission agreed to the stricter 2,000-gallons-a-day limit in […]

Senate Considers Fed Help For Toxic Algae

By Amy Green May 19, 2017 90.7 WMFE Legislation making its way on Capitol Hill could help Florida communities hit by toxic algae blooms. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure that for the first time would make federal funding available to communities and states affected by toxic algae blooms. The legislation would grant authority […]

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 […]

Environmental budget negotiations crumble

Environmental budget negotiations crumble; hopes for Florida Forever revived By Isadora Rangel April 29, 2017 TC Palm TALLAHASSEE — Negotiations on the state’s environmental budget fell apart Saturday after the House offered to ax a proposal to help the Indian River Lagoon and other water restoration projects. Environmentalists, however, see a silver lining in the meltdown. They hope a […]

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 […]