Tips for Reducing Lagoon Pollution
The Indian River Lagoon watershed includes most of the land from South Volusia County to South Martin County east of interstate I-95. It is a HUGE area and every household therein contributes to the load of nonpoint source pollutants reaching the lagoon. Like it or not, every house contributes to the source of pollution entering the lagoon and every house can make a difference.
To successfully restore the Indian River Lagoon, we all must do our part. Everyday actions such as fertilizing the lawn, washing the car, or walking the dog can have a major impact on Lagoon water quality. The Lagoon can’t be fixed by government and non-profit restoration partners alone. It will take all of us. By making simple changes in our lives, we each can take part in restoring the Lagoon for future generations to enjoy. Here are a few tips for reducing the pollution going to the Indian River Lagoon.
Give Your Lawn a Break From Fertilizer This Summer!
• Don’t apply N (nitrogen) fertilizer between June 1 and September 30
• Don’t apply P (phosphorous) without a soil test
• In the spring, apply a 50% slow release nitrogen fertilizer
• Stay 15–25 feet from shorelines (this setback varies by ordinance)
• Ask your professional what they are applying and when
Build a Rain Garden!
Dispose of Your Trash
Create a Vegetative Buffer
Test Your Soil
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Keep Lawn Clippings Out of the Street
• Divert the mower chute away from impervious surfaces
• Blow clippings back onto the lawn
Kill Weeds Naturally
Create Pervious Areas Where Water Can Infiltrate to the Ground
• Mulch or pine straw
• Pea gravel or shell
Dispose of Pet Waste in the Trash
Build a Rain Barrel
Dispose of Medicines
Take Your Car to the Carwash
Don’t Dump Your Aquarium!
Avoid Sea Grass Beds
Create Habitat, Plant Mangroves
Attend a Workshop
Join the Campaign to Save the Indian River Lagoon! Join MRC today!