The Good and Bad for Indian River Lagoon Wildlife
Algae blooms have caused one of the worst years ever for Lagoon dolphins, manatees, pelicans, fish and people. Sixty-seven dolphins and 112 manatees died, along with hundreds of pelicans and thousands of fish. The blue crab catch is at an all time low. Recently, 1,000 dead fish were found in the Banana River region of the Lagoon. Toxic algae blooms in the southern part of the Lagoon have made the water unsafe for humans. Some fear the entire Lagoon ecosystem could collapse.
The good news - last week the Indian River County Commission reversed and earlier vote and passed a stronger fertilizer ordinance. The Commission Chair said that, “after hearing so many citizens and members of the scientific community, I began to rethink what we were trying to accomplish, and that is a healthy lagoon”. Earlier this year, The Ocean River Institute gave the Commission a blue binder with 48,500 signatures of individuals calling for strong fertilizer regulations to save dolphins and manatees. Thousands took the time to write personal comments. Our petition and a wave of rallies and testimonies from locals made the difference. The new ordinance bans the application of fertilizer between June 1 and September 30, requires the use of at least 50% slow release nitrogen, and fertilizer may not be applied within 10 feet of waterways. Come see us at the Friends of Nature Music Festival in Miami, Florida on November 9th and 10th. We will be engaging more people in acting to save the Lagoon dolphins.
Please make a donation today to help us save dolphins! Together, we are turning the opinions of county commissioners to follow the responsible stewardship of Martin and Indian River counties. To support our efforts, click on -https://www.causes.com/campaigns/39769-save-dolphins-dying-from-nitrogen-fed-algae-blooms