Save Our Lagoon

Work with us to make a difference!

What Can We Do?

How We Got Here:

When settlers arrived in this area in the early 1900’s, the sandy sea grass bottom of the Lagoon could be seen through the clear water and was teaming with wildlife.  Slowly, we who have come to live near the shore have impacted its health.  Some scientists believe that we may be reaching a tipping point of ecosystem crash.  The toxic green algae bloom in Martin County and the massive fish kill in Brevard County are convincing evidence of the looming crisis.  It is hard to find healthy sea grass anywhere in Indian River County. 

What can we do?

There are several ways you can help!

There are actions we, as individuals, can take now to improve the water quality of the Lagoon. Oil that is spilled on roadways washes to the lagoon. In addition to nitrogen and phosphorus; cleaning products and prescription medicines drain into the lagoon from septic systems.  Landscaping fertilizer, herbicides, grass clippings and pet waste wash off our lawns, driveways and sidewalks and enter the lagoon through the stormwater drainage system. Little money is required to remediate these, our individual impacts to the lagoon.  We simply need to be aware of our pollution contributions and learn how to reduce our impact on the environment – to live lightly on the earth.

Learn more about the county’s fertilizer ordinance. The county has posted a good resource here. The basics are:

  • No fertilizer application from June 1 to September 30
  • All fertilizer must contain at least 50% slow release nitrogen
  • No phosphorous fertilizer without a soil test

Get involved! Follow us on Facebook for the latest events in Indian River County to support our Lagoon. From rallies to events, the info is there.

Contact elected officials about your concerns.

We can not solve this problem alone. We need your support and help. If you would like to get involved with our Water and Lagoon Committee, contact us!

Further, by donating to us, you will be helping the work of restoring the lagoon. We need your support to make a difference. Please help today.

Latest Lagoon News

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