Dolphins have been dying at record high rates in Florida’s
Indian River Lagoon. Since January, 67 bottlenose dolphins have died. This is three
times the historical average. In
late July, the National Marine Fisheries Service declared the deaths as an
“Unusual Mortality Event” and it’s not over. Dead dolphins are being found
emaciated, starved from a lack of food, and sick.
The Indian River Lagoon is under assault from nitrogen-fed
algal blooms. Brown algal blooms have killed two-thirds of the sea grass. Sea
grass beds provide a nursery for fish and food for manatees. 112 manatees have
died this year. They are being found with stomachs full of algae. Algae blooms are also causing fish
kills and have made waters unsafe for swimmers. To stop the deaths and clean
the waters, we must lessen the nitrogen entering the Lagoon.
The Ocean River Institute is building broad, diverse coalitions calling for
lawn-fertilizer ordinances to reduce nitrogen pollution. ORI will be at the
Friends of Nature Music Festival in Miami this November, educating the public
about what they can do to stop nitrogen pollution. We had success in Martin
County, and when we are a majority, other counties will act for responsible
stewardship of lawns to save the dolphins.
You can save dolphins by making a contribution. Your support will help the Ocean River Institute gain more voices
calling on decision-makers to enact laws to stop nitrogen pollution from excess
lawn fertilizer use.
Please make a fall gift of $10 today! Your gift of this
amount will cover the costs of gaining two more people in ORI's campaign.