Clean Water Coalition (CWC) Membership Chairman Charlie Pope, welcomes the Clean Water Coalition’s 600th partner, Young’s Produce. Young’s Produce is a supporter of the coalition’s focus on addressing the water quality problems of our county. Pope, who with his wife Chris founded Youth Sailing, whose programs at the Environmental Learning Center and Youth Sailing Foundation depend on clean water. Many other local organizations and businesses have joined the coalition since its inception in July of 2018 to form a unified effort to protect and restore waters within Indian River County.
Recent initiatives of the Clean Water Coalition include cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Commission, Vero Beach City Marina and Vero Beach Police Department to enforce regulations prohibiting wastewater discharge from boats. They also hosted a public meeting for Sebastian residents and spoke out against that City’s annexation of over 1100 acres of agricultural land (Graves Bros. property). They also sample lagoon water for enteric bacteria at various places where the public interacts with the lagoon. The CWC has also cooperated with the Brevard Indian River Coalition encouraging State legislators to pass several water quality bills that tackle pollution problems such as leaky septic tanks, biosolids (sludge) application, septic to sewer conversion, all of which have impacted the waters of Indian River County.
For more information on the CWC mission and membership, the coalition invites interested parties to visit their website: http://cwc-irc.org or their Facebook page: “Demand Clean Waters.” The Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County is a non-profit, 501c3 organization.