8 Simple Ways You Can Help the Indian River Lagoon

Everyone can help restore and protect the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most diverse estuary. Here are 8 Simple Ways You Can Help the Indian River Lagoon.

FertbagnoFertilize with Care: Fertilizer is thought to be the main culprit feeding toxic algae blooms. Runoff carries nitrogen and phosphorous — the active ingredients in most fertilizer — into the lagoon to spur excess algae.  According to the St. John’s River Water Management District Website, “A single pound of fertilizer will grow more than 500 pounds of algae in the lagoon. Algae block sunlight to seagrasses, which are the lagoon’s most important fish habitat. Algae also rob the water of oxygen, causing fish kills.” Read more
ecodropProtect the Groundwater:  Everything that goes into the ground at your home has the potential of finding its way into the Indian River Lagoon via our storm drains. This is called nonpoint source (NPS) pollution and is one of the country’s leading causes of water pollution. Ways to cut down on stormwater runoff include capturing or redirecting rainfall, using mulch and adding permeable surfaces.   Read more
GAILLA~1Limit Turf Areas and Choose Florida Friendly or Native Plants: This will minimize your irrigation, which of course, reduces runoff. Native plants also do not need chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides. This reduces what kind of pollutants runoff your property. The plants will also help to create a more varied terrain to help keep the water on your yard. (source: City of Titusville Stormwater Utility)      Read More
rainbarrelplInstall Rain Barrels: Rain barrels not only help you save water around your property, but they also help reduce stormwater runoff, which helps keep more substances out of the Indian River Lagoon.    Read More
riosmPick Up After Pets:  Pet waste left on paved surfaces, lawns or around storm drains and water bodies will eventually reach lagoon or other surface waters after rainstorms. Pet waste can be a significant source of nutrients and fecal coliform, bacteria that can potentially harm the lagoon’s shellfish by making them unsafe to eat. (source: St. John’s River Water Management District) Read More
waterfrontProtect the Waterfront: Waterfront property owners have a special responsibility to ensure that their landscaping practices do not harm the water bodies that they live on or next to. Many fertilizer ordinances require that you maintain a buffer between the water and the areas that you fertilize.  Read More
kbbtinyHelp Slash the Trash:  Carrying out your own trash when your visit the Indian River Lagoon is only one way that you can help keep trash out of our waterways. You can also participate in local cleanups or adopt a road or a stretch of shore with a group of friends. Read more.
oyster1Create Oyster Mats: Why oysters?! Oysters are filter feeders that improve water quality and clarity by filtering water –one oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day! Oyster mats—constructed from mesh and oyster shells—can be placed in the Indian River Lagoon to provide a natural substrate for oyster larvae to settle. Read More

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