We know the lagoon is collapsing and now we have the data to see just how bad it really is.
Through Local Eco-Partners, MRC is presenting the first-ever comprehensive health analysis of the entire Indian River Lagoon in each county of the estuary.
Register Today! Admission is FREE. The events are open to the public. (Space is limited—please RSVP to attend.)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Two Sessions: 2 pm and 6 pm
Marine Discovery Center,
520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Environmental Learning Center,
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Two Sessions: 4 pm and 7 pm
Johnson Education Center Auditorium
on the Harbor Branch Campus at
5600 U.S. 1 North
Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Session 1: 1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Port St. Lucie Civic Center at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Session 2: 6 pm–8 pm
Fort Pierce Yacht Club at 700 N Indian River Dr. Fort Pierce, FL 34948
part of MRC’s National Estuaries Day Celebration
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Session 1: IRL Health Update Presentation: 10 am
Session 2: Rain Barrel Workshop: 12:15 pm
Location: MRC’s Ted Moorhead Lagoon House at
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, Florida 32905
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:30 pm: “Meet and Greet” with candidates for the upcoming election
6:00 pm (approx.): Dr. Leesa Souto, MRC’s Executive Director, presents the IRL Health Update shortly after the “Meet and Greet”
Location: Rivers Coalition Meeting at the Stuart City Hall Commissions Chamber, 121 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34995
Please RSVP for the IRL Health Update seminar in your county to discuss this report with the author, Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Attendees must register. Each attendee will receive a 16-page copy of the report for education and advocacy for the well-being of the Indian River Lagoon. Attendees are encouraged to make a donation to help fund this project. All donations are tax-deductible.
Please contact Steve Sharkey if you would like to become an official sponsor, a host of an IRL Health Update seminar, or distribution center for the report at SharkeyMRC@gmail.com.
General IRL Health Update Info:
Local non-profit organization, the Marine Resources Council of East Florida (MRC) teams with the U.S. EPA’s National Estuary Program & Applied Ecology Inc. to produce the first-ever comprehensive health analysis of the entire Indian River Lagoon (IRL) system.
It is common knowledge that the health of the lagoon is in peril. For the first time, we now have a baseline of health, backed by 20 years of available science provided by the governing water management districts, to guide future restoration efforts and policy moving forward to improve the water quality of the failing IRL system. This report is the first step in a comprehensive IRL restoration effort. How do you manage and restore a 156-mile lagoon that spans 42 cities and 5 counties, if you don’t have all the data in one location and easily accessible? Finally, the public can easily see the available information on the state of the lagoon portrayed in info-graphics and charts. The report divides the lagoon into 10 distinct regions from New Smyrna to Jupiter. Each lagoon region is graded based on 5 indicators of health on a scale from 0 to 100, 100 being the best score and 0 the worst. The development of this report has cultivated a communications coalition of lagoon community partners, working together to build consensus on the restoration of the estuary.
This first IRL Health Update is 3 years in the making and cost over $250,000 to produce and deploy. The IRL Health Update needs to be an annual report to successfully track the future health and restoration of the lagoon. It took MRC 3 years to fund this first report. Now sustainable funding sources are required to immediately begin next year’s Update. MRC has collected 30 years of fisheries data, which was not included in this year’s Update due to a lack of financing for the project. Next year’s Update will cost over $350,000 to add the fisheries and other available data and to expand the deployment of the report to the community. The majority of this project was funded by small donations from the community and family foundations.
We hope you will join us for this historical educational event in your county, to see the results of the first IRL Health Update and get your very own copy of the report.
To donate and sponsor the next IRL Health Update please visit SaveTheIRL.org.
Thank you for your consideration. The more community involvement we have for the well-being of the lagoon, the louder our voice is. Together we can bring the lagoon back to health!