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Indian River Lagoon Wildlife Continues to Suffer

Wild Florida may care a lot about airboat tours, but we also care deeply for the conservation of Florida wildlife.

The Indian River Lagoon plant and wildlife continue to suffer, as long-term pollution progresses without address by local or state officials. Pollution has been documented as early as 2005 in an article written by the President of the Pelican Audubon Society, which classifies the Indian River Lagoon as “dying.”

Since 2009, the Indian River Lagoon has lost more than 74 square miles of seagrass and other notable effects from the long-standing pollution. The pollution is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorous, which enters the lagoon from a fresh water runoff.

More recently, this adversity has been heavily covered by Jim Waymer, the environmental reporter for The Florida Today. He is thoroughly documented the decline of the Indian River Lagoon through dying seagrass and sick and dying wildlife. An article has even been published in the New York Times in early August 2013 that focused on the northern part of the area that largely includes Brevard County. Despite the issues in Brevard, residents and Pelican Audubon Society members know the effects of this pollution extends far beyond Brevard County, into Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties.

In an article released recently, released by Bob Stover, he notices a lack of regional leadership to spearhead a conservation effort. He calls on constituents to put pressure on their local, regional and state representatives to lead this charge.

If you’re interested in learning more about conserving Florida, visit Wild Florida, and learn more about how you can help the environment. Also, take an airboat tour while you’re out here and enjoy the headwaters of the Everglades that features a completely undeveloped Florida.