Locally, on August 25th, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) held a webinar to engage public participation in the ongoing development of updates to the Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) for the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). In 2006, FDEP designated the IRL Basin as “Impaired Waters” which do not meet State Water Quality Standards; however, last week’s FDEP webinar indicated essentially no “recovery” of the Lagoon. CWC is not satisfied with the glaringly apparent lack of adequate progress to restore the Lagoon. We herein are raising a “red flag” to alert our partners that the Lagoon remains “Impaired” and still does not meet State Water Quality Standards. The unacceptable condition of the Lagoon warrants public action.
The FDEP webinar identified:
- Lagoon health and success of prior BMAP projects are primarily measured by sea grass coverage.
- In spite of Statutes and Rules – since 1975 – espousing restoration of the Lagoon, we’re not seeing recovery of sea grasses nor the health of the Lagoon improve.
CWC encourages CWC partners and all citizens to contact their elected officials to request local government – in collaboration with FDEP – formulate a specific and more reliable plan to restore the Indian River Lagoon with a budget sufficient to at least fund the forthcoming FDEP BMAP allocations.