Last week, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) announced $24 million to fund 12 projects throughout the Indian River Lagoon region. These projects consist of dredging and other restoration initiatives designed to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the lagoon. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus lead to toxic algae blooms that kill fish and other lagoon life.
“That is more than just dredging to make sure the boats can come down and don’t hit the bottom,” said Jerry Sansom, a Commissioner with Florida Inland Navigation District. “It also means working with communities and the folks to optimize the economic opportunities in that lagoon.”
FDEP also developed an interactive map of the Indian River Lagoon where the user can explore the details of the various water quality improvement projects that have occurred over the past decade.
To view FDEP’s interactive map, click here.