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March 29, 2016
Indian River Lagoon Ecosystem Disaster and Education
We have a three billion dollar ($3.7B) ecosystem economic machine called the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) in Brevard County, central east Florida, as part of the Space Coast. Unfortunately we (the public and managers) have not done enough to maintain its health as we have an over abundance of nitrogen and phosphorus in our estuary system, along with algae blooms and dead sea grass. The result has been a substantial brown algae bloom and when the algae dies and/or respires at night under warming and low wind conditions, the dissolved oxygen levels approach zero. The result has been a tremendous and extensive fish kill. For more details see the short video “Fish Kill in Banana River Lagoon” below: Above: Fish kill in the Banana River lagoon that happened over the weekend due to high nutrient levels feeding an ongoing brown algae bloom, that depleted the dissolved oxygen. Video Courtesy: cnc66 | YouTube Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! This has received moderate national media attention. But we think it needs greater attention and action. We are concerned about this due to the poor long-term prospects of this estuary’s ecosystem services since it is in our backyards. But we are also concerned that this is a growing trend in the United States and it seems that most people do not understand that the causes are preventable and even reversible if caught in time. Estuaries are critical for providing fundamental life-support processes, including filtration and fish nurseries, as well as, habitats for birds, non-human mammals and human recreation. Estuaries are nurseries for many offshore species such as tarpon, snapper and grouper. See more on why estuaries are important online at NOAA’s site using this link. For us (and many other educated people) we see that investment in protecting our estuaries is at a minimal level and has been for too long a period. People assume that the our waters will automatically be clean and that the ecosystems will be healthy by default. We expect and plan for the tourist and use dollars as a major tax base. Many businesses and communities depend on healthy estuarine ecosystems. Well, maybe 500 years ago one could expect that the estuaries would be clean by default with no protection needed. But our estuaries appear to be more like a valuable car that one does not do enough servicing on until a hose breaks. Then one realizes that the engine and transmission are blown too. It hurts to pay the bill, but you have to. Please click HERE to read more about the Indian River Lagoon Disaster on our website now! Another Video: Fertilizing Beside Dead Fish Above: Please help stop this! Thank YOU! Video Courtesy: Dylan Hansen | BalanceForEarth.org | YouTube Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Another Video: Indian River Lagoon Fish Kill! Above: “I’ve lived here all my life and I haven’t seen it this bad ever.” Fish are dying at an alarming rate around the Indian River Lagoon, and residents said it’s the worst fish kill they’ve ever seen: http://at.wftv.com/22ALPkk – Video Courtesy: WFTV Channel 9 | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Just Looking! Pink flamingo flashmob…Video Courtesy: EARTH channel | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!
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