More Lagoon Health Updates Scheduled

MRC will present an update on the Indian River Lagoon Health Report Card at the first Sustainability Workshop Series sponsored by the Cocoa Beach Sustainability Committee. Dr. Leesa Souto will present information on the updated health assessment of the lagoon including the addition of ten tributaries. Learn how you can make a positive impact on the lagoon!

The event is FREE and open to the public.


Upcoming Events

Sustainability Workshop Series: Indian River Lagoon Health Update
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6:00 pm
Cocoa Beach Public Library
550 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
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Past Events Appear Below

Brevard County Lagoon Health Update
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 pm
City of Satellite Beach
Dave R. Schechter Community Center

1089 S. Patrick Drive
Satellite Beach, FL 32937
Brevard County Lagoon Health Update
Saturday, November 10, 2018
11:00 am
The Brevard County Barrier Island Center
8385 South Highway A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Brevard County Lagoon Health Update
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30 pm
Titusville City Hall (2nd Floor)
555 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32781-2806
Martin County IRL Health Update Seminar
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
Brevard County IRL Health Update Seminar
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
St. Lucie County IRL Health Update
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
St. Lucie County Indian River Lagoon Health Update
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
Indian River County Lagoon Health Update
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6:00 pm
Environmental Learning Center,
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Volusia County IRL Health Update Seminar
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Two Sessions: 2 pm and 6 pm
Marine Discovery Center,
520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

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

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

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!