Urgent Call to Action Date Change! Temporary Win for the Lagoon

John’s Island Wastewater Effluent Pipeline Easement Request pulled from the March 12 Indian River Board of County Commissioners meeting agenda.

County Commissioners agreed to wait until they receive the results of a feasibility analysis before considering plans to send wastewater to the barrier island via horizontal directional drilling under the Indian River Lagoon.

Thank You Commissioners!

This item originally was to have been considered March 12. We will keep you up to date on this highly controversial easement for the misguided construction of the John’s Island wastewater effluent pipeline.

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Actions:

1. Note: this is a lagoon health issue affecting all counties the IRL estuary comprises. Please send a letter/email to the Indian River County Commissioners telling them your concerns and asking them to reject this highly controversial easement for the misguided construction of the John’s Island wastewater effluent pipeline.

Contact Information: Susan Adams (sadams@ircgov.com), Joe Flescher (jflescher@ircgov.com), Tim Zorc (tzorc@ircgov.com), Peter O’Bryan (pobryan@ircgov.com), and Bob Solari (bsolari@ircgov.com). For more contact information please visit www.ircgov.com/boards/bcc/.

2. Want to help more? Please forward this information on to your lagoon loving friends, family, work groups, government leaders, local business partners, and non-profit organizations. The more community involvement we have the louder our voice is for the well-being of the Indian River Lagoon. Together we can bring this estuary of national significance back to health!

Many organizations are working very hard to restore the health of this estuary. There could not be a worse time or project to create additional and unnecessary risks to our Lagoon’s health.

To view the current Indian River Lagoon Health Update Report visit https://savetheirl.org/wp-content/uploads/mrc-report-card-2018-min.pdf.

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John’s Island Water Management (a private utility company in operation solely for the John’s Island community and its golf courses) is pressing Indian River County for a highly controversial easement over Hole-in-the-Wall Island despite the easement having been flatly rejected by the island’s owner.

Unfortunately, the Indian River County attorney may continue to take this highly controversial easement to the Board of County Commissioners for approval at a future date. (The county taking an action like this for the use of a private entity is unprecedented.)

The proposal of the John’s Island wastewater effluent pipeline to be constructed under and across the Lagoon is an environmental risk to the estuary both in its construction and operation. This risk can be easily be avoided by connecting to infrastructure that is already in place.

Please Help Us Stop This Pipeline From Being Drilled Under & Across The Lagoon We Love & Cherish. SaveTheIRL.org!

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