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Lagoon update: Action plan for Lagoon?

Written by  Leesa Souto, Vince Lamb, Team SCPA

Posted: May 10, 2014 -- updated Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:30pm

INDIAN RIVER LAGOON UPDATE

6:30pm Thurs, May 29, 2014

Front Street Civic Center, 2205 Front Street, downtown Melbourne

CO-SPONSORED by Marine Resources Council, Preserve Brevard, Turtle Coast Sierra Club, and Space Coast Progressive Alliance

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

- Wayne Mills, former chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

- Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director, Marine Resources Council (MRC)

Community leaders from throughout the Indian River Lagoon met on Florida Tech campus May 16 and 17 to lay the foundation for an Action Plan to address the deteriorating condition of the Indian River Lagoon. The Lagoon Action Assembly brought together representatives of diverse interests to serve as the community’s voice for what can and should be done to help restore the Lagoon.

Wayne Mills, the Keynote at the Lagoon Action Assembly and past Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, spoke eloquently and wisely about the Cheasapeake Bay efforts, identifying many useful ideas that can be implemented in the similar effort to save the Indian River Lagoon. Mr. Mills will present the successes and challenges they have had in Chesapeake Bay.

Dr. Leesa Souto. Executive Director of Marine Resources Council, organized and presided over an extremely positive, hopeful Lagoon Action Assembly. She will present the preliminary outcomes of the Assembly, and outline where we go from here.

Free and open to the public.

LINKS + BACKGROUND

Lagoon assembly closes with action plan
Florida Today, by Jim Waymer, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Published in newspaper Sunday, May 18, 2014.
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/lagoon/2014/05/17/lagoon-assembly-closes-action-plan/9228601/

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) -- Saving a National Treasure. An effort that has been underway for almost 50 years, and has created the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, representing a partnership between local, state and federal governments. If and when the Blueprint is fully implemented, it will reduce pollution by the amount scientists say is the minimum needed to restore clean waters. Beginning in the mid-70s, various indicators show a gradual but slow improvement in conditions.
http://www.cbf.org/

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Gov. Scott's Florida joins lawsuit to block cleanup plan for Chesapeake Bay
{Ed. note: Chesapeake Bay!? What's this curious action about? See Carl Hiassen report below. Is this foreboding notice that we won't have much support for cleaning up Florida's polluted waters, including Inidan River Lagoon? Let us hope the Chesapeake lawsuit fails, and so does any attempt to halt cleanup of waters here -- or in Chesapeak Bay. -- to be cont'd. ]

Muddying the waters far from home
Miami Herald, by Carl Hiassen, February 8, 2014
... The aren't suing on behalf of the citizens of Florida; they're suing on behalf of big agricultural and development interests that don't want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcing clean-water laws anywhere. ... A vote for them (Scott and Bondi) is basically a vote for the Fertilizer Institute. Remember that in November.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/08/3920357/muddying-the-waters-far-from-home.html

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CONTRIBUTORS: Dr. Leesa Souto, Vince Lamb, compiled by Team SCPA.

 

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