MRC Low Impact Development Conference
Florida communities must reduce the amount of polluted stormwater entering coastal estuaries like the Indian River Lagoon. Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) represent the most progressive trends in stormwater management to protect water quality. This conference covers the full range of LID/GI tools, from comprehensive land use planning and manual creation to engineered design and construction of green roofs, infiltration devices, cisterns, and bioretention areas. In addition, experts will share case studies that demonstrate cost-effective means to set and meet pollution load reductions, recharge groundwater aquifers, and prevent flooding.

Engineers, planners, builders, developers, resource managers, public works and stormwater personnel, environmental professionals, scientists, educators, and advocates will benefit from the experience of Florida’s leading LID/GI experts. Experts will showcase LID/GI design tools, policies, projects, and case studies and facilitate the discussion to begin the transition to a new future in stormwater management.
 
Code Red: Action Alert

The Lagoon is in peril.
Manatees are dying at an alarming rate.
Your attendance is essential.

Patrick Rose, Executive Director of the Save the Manatee Club, and Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council, humbly invite you to join them in releasing this vital Lagoon Health Update, examining the next bold steps for restoring water quality, improving habitat, and safeguarding manatees.

Areas of concern: Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties.

To Learn More Please Watch the IRL Report Card Presentation

Click Here to download a copy of the current Report Card,
or view the current Report Card Map below.

June 2021 IRL Report Card: Split
100 Friends of the IRL

MRC Is Seeking "100 Friends of the Indian River Lagoon"

We welcome Carroll Distributing Co. as our first Friend of the IRL with a $2,000 annual contribution toward the Report Card.

100 Friends of the IRL is a group of businesses, organizations, clubs, individuals, HOAs, and stakeholders dedicated to annually funding the IRL Report Card. The proposed annual support is $1,000+ per stakeholder, intending to raise over $100,000 each year, add more tributaries to the data set, include fisheries data, and expand outreach.

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Save the IRL logoMarine Resources Council: Science to Action

MRC’s mission is to improve water quality and to protect and restore the fish and wildlife resources of the Indian River Lagoon, coastal waters, inshore reefs, and the watershed by advocating and using sound science, education and the involvement of the public at large. Find out more.


2020 Annual Report2020 Annual Report

MRC’s 2020 Annual Report celebrates 30-plus years of using science, education, and public involvement to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon. Our team took the pandemic challenge and ran with it, growing stronger, more efficient, and highly adaptive in order to successfully complete projects. Live webinars, e-learning school lessons, the LagoonWatch volunteer water quality network, the IRL Report Card, shoreline restoration, mangrove sales, measuring muck depths — it’s been a busy year! We invite you to browse our report — and get involved!


Donate to Next IRL Health UpdateIRL Report Card

Is the Lagoon getting better? Thanks to donations from community members, MRC, in conjunction with our scientific partners, has conducted the first comprehensive, lagoon-wide ecological health assessment of the Indian River Lagoon. MRC’s IRL Report Card assembles the most accurate data of lagoon conditions to date. Read more.


MRC's Virtual ClassroomVirtual Learning Programs (3rd–6th Grades)

To accommodate online learning environments, Marine Resources Council is now offering FREE classroom lessons for grades 3–6 through our Virtual Learning program! We have adapted our classroom presentations into four individual programs, which provide opportunities for students to learn about the ecology of coastal estuaries including the Indian River Lagoon, pollution impacts, food chains, and mangrove restoration. Find out more.


Low-Impact DevelopmentLow-Impact Development

Marine Resources Council is building momentum and support for better stormwater management using proven Low-Impact Development techniques. With support from twenty partners, MRC has sent letters to over 120 local and state leaders. Find out more.


Be Floridian Now

Skip the Fertilizer to Protect the Waters That Make Florida Fun

The partners of the Be Floridian Now fertilizer education campaign remind residents of the Indian River Lagoon watershed that you can’t apply nitrogen or phosphorous to from June 1–September 30. Find out more.


Giving Tree DetailMangrove Giving Tree

Show your support of MRC’s Ted Moorhead Lagoon House Learning Center and honor your loved ones through the purchase of engraved leaves to be displayed on the Lagoon House “Mangrove Giving Tree” and our “Virtual Giving Tree.” Read more.


MembershipMembership

Marine Resources Council stands for the Indian River Lagoon and speaks from the position of sound science and innovation. Our voices have been heard in local councils as well as legislative halls. Join us and lend your voice to the lagoon. Read more.


Invest in the IRL

The Indian River Lagoon is an internationally renowned estuary that supports tremendous biodiversity as well as world-class recreational and commercial fisheries. Every year, the IRL brings $3.7 Billion to the regional economy, providing 15,000 jobs and recreational opportunities for 11 million people. Recent algal “superblooms” in the IRL have contributed to the loss of 47,000 acres of sea grasses as well as hundreds of manatees, dolphins, and pelicans. The ecosystem may be approaching a tipping point from which it may never recover. Worldwide news is covering the death of our estuary. The local economy is at risk as well as the quality of life for the residents who live and work on the IRL. Residents, businesses, and agencies are seeking solutions, things they can do to help restore the estuary.

Click here for simple things you can do every day to help restore the Indian River Lagoon.

Donate now and become a member of Marine Resources Council. Or consider a monthly sponsorship of $10.00–$100/month to sustain our Lunch & Learn webinars, water quality monitoring locations, or public education workshops.