Environmental sustainability education is crucial to the mission of Keep Brevard Beautiful.
We can all help each other. Some things are easy to do; some small changes in our lives can actually make a difference. See if there is something you can adopt on the list below.
5 Things YOU can do to help the ESTUARY
- Reduce fertilizer use. A single pound of fertilizer will grow more than 500 pounds of algae in the lagoon blocking sunlight to seagrasses, and robbing the water of oxygen, causing fish kills.
- Send only rain down the storm drain. Keeping pollutants like grass clippings, yard wastes, oils and trash away from storm drains directly impacts the water quality in the lagoon.
- Pick 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.
- Use Native and Florida-friendly plants. These plants need less water and fertilizer to thrive, provide wildlife habitats, and support biodiversity without overwhelming native species.
- Leave only footprints. During a lagoon visit properly dispose of wrappers, bottle cans, monofilament fishing line, and other trash.
Source: St. Johns River Water Management District
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“Coastal water quality all over the world is endangered right now. I see the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute as a critical testing ground for us to come up with solutions that we can then export to help other communities that are seeing the same problems.”
–Robert Weaver, Florida Tech Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI)