MRC will be part of the 23rd Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, January 22–27, 2020, at Eastern Florida State College in Titusville, Florida.Read more
Join MRC’s Julie Albert at our Dec. 3 Brown Bag Lunch for the future outlook of the North Atlantic Right Whale—a species on the brink on extinction.
Join MRC and Steve Beeman at our Nov. 5 Brown Bag Lunch and discover how Steve’s patented floating plant mats, or “Beemats,” can clean up storm water.Read more
Join us at our August Brown Bag Lunch and discover how ecologically important our sandy shorelines are to many Indian River Lagoon species.Read more
Join us at our July 9 Brown Bag Lunch for a look at the diverse effects on coastal waters and fisheries from climate change, and how they are being documented in the Southeast U.S. and Greater Caribbean.Read more
Register now for MRC’s North Atlantic Right Whale Update with Julie Albert. Julie will give a presentation at the Lagoon House on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. to update the public on why right whales are dying and what is being done about it. Please join us!Read more
Join us for our June 4 Brown Bag Lunch presentation with Aaron Hasenei and an in-depth look at lionfish. These animals drastically reduce biodiversity and cause large economic losses to a degree that has not yet been quantified throughout their invaded range.Read more
Beginning Jan. 28, 2019, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will temporarily pause its aquatic herbicide treatment program throughout the state.Read more
Download this report today and please share. MRC’s IRL Health Update assembles the most accurate data of lagoon conditions to date.Read more
Looking for an activity that will keep your students engaged? MRC’s Teacher Resources provide wonderful lessons covering estuaries, manatees, seaRead more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Indicators assess lagoon health and guide management like a medical doctor uses a patient’s vital signs to diagnose and treat human health issues.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Seagrass secures the lagoon bottom, reduces erosion, and is an important primary producer for the ecosystem, providing habitat and food for many types of lagoon life.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Nitrogen (N) is a key nutrient necessary to the primary production of the system, but can be devastating in excess, causing algae blooms and lowered dissolved oxygen in the water which chokes out life.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Phosphorus (P) is a key nutrient for lagoon health that can be harmful in excess. Although the Clean Water Act requires phosphorus reductions, concentrations have significantly increased in many lagoon regions.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Chlorophyll-a measures the amount of algae in the water and lagoon health declines with increasing algae.Read more
Turbidity is a measurement of water clarity. Dirty water loaded with sediments and disturbed muck increases turbidity and decreases water clarity. Historical recounts describe the clear “turquoise blue” water in the lagoon that one could see through to the bottom.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: IRL health indicators have established Indian River Lagoon regulatory targets that include the following sources:Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: The available target metrics for total phosphorus are identical to those used for total nitrogen.
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Targets created by the EPA and SJRWMD were considered for the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River, North IRL, and Central IRL while the EPA and SFWMD targets were considered for the South IRL.
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Turbidity targets were established by the EPA, SJRWMD, and SFWMD.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: The most reliable data were used in the IRL Health Assessment. More than 3 million records were acquired, processed, and triaged prior to populating the database for mapping and analysis.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: Offsets measure the difference between actual conditions and the healthy targets for each indicator.Read more
From the 2018 IRL Health Update: The WQI use the four water quality indicators: chlorophyll-a, TN, TP, and turbidity. The WQI was calculated for each sublagoon area by converting annual offsets to a percentage scale, resulting in a final score ranging from 0% to 100%.Read more