We demand the following from Governor Rick Scott and the Army Corps of Engineers:
*Gov. Rick Scott needs to take action to fund the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute for studying the river.
*Stop polluted discharges from Lake Okeechobee by creating a system in which polluted water can be filtered.
*Regulate the amount of pesticides that can be used in "Big Sugar" plantations.
*Army Corps of Engineers needs to alert all inhabitants of the community and surrounding communities whenever discharges and made.
Imagine this: You have been born and raised on the Indian River Lagoon. Your life and/or business focuses on the vivacious marine environment of the dolphins, turtles, manatees, fish, and other inhabitants of the river. However, the Lagoon you knew as a child has been slowly dying because of poor decisions by political figures. You not only see the color of the water change from crystal clear to murky brown, but you see dead manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles that have been washing up on shore because of the toxicity of the water. Your children will never be able to experience the same life changing adventures you once took as a child.
We want to change that.
Successful petitioning for funding for the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute would start a series of studies on the river and the dead bodies (dolphins, manatees, pelicans, etc.) that are being found. The Indian River Lagoon is a "killing zone" for these animals because of the polluted discharges coming from Lake Okeechobee that contain up to 1.8 billion gallons/day of fresh water that contain pesticides, fertilizers, and other hazardous wastes killing our marine life. Making Gov. Rick Scott aware that we, his constituents, care about the quality of the environment around us would greatly increase the chances of action on his part.