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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. 

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