One Lagoon, One Voice: The Podcast Episode 14: Save Our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) Program

By |2024-07-23T20:22:32-04:00July 23rd, 2024|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

In our 14th episode of One Voice, we speak with Virginia Barker and Terri Breeden of Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department. Listen as we discuss the half-cent sales tax and how it’s sparked drastic improvement efforts in the lagoon, including the Save Our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) project.  To learn more about funds raised [...]

Episode 13: Clam Restoration in the IRL

By |2024-07-23T20:01:23-04:00July 16th, 2024|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

In our 13th episode, we’re diving into IRL clam restoration and the key efforts to preserve them. Clams may seem like simple creatures, but they play crucial roles in maintaining the health of our coastal environments. From filtering and improving water quality to providing habitat and food for marine life, clams truly multitask along Florida’s [...]

Episode 12: What Are NEPs? What Do They Do & How Are They Different From Other Organizations

By |2024-05-15T12:48:28-04:00September 26th, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

In today’s episode we discuss the National Estuary Program and how it works. The NEP functions within a unique collaborative governance model structured around collaboration and communication among every stakeholder in the watershed. We talk about the EPA’s connection to the NEP, the NEP Management Conference, how the NEP brings people together and our [...]

Episode 11: IRL Look Back: A Perspective on Access and Fostering a Love of the Environment

By |2024-05-15T13:10:14-04:00September 13th, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

Indian River Lagoon Community Engagement Coordinator Caleta Scott sits down with a very special guest — her father, Ronald Scott. As a Fort Pierce Florida native, Scott speaks of his experiences growing up as a Black nature-lover in the 1950s, and father and daughter discuss environmental accessibility through the years, fishing in the IRL, [...]

Episode 10: Southern IRL – Environmental Issues & Solutions

By |2024-05-15T13:14:56-04:00September 5th, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

Community Engagement Coordinator Caleta Scott brings on Lisa Krimsky and Vincent Encomio from University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences for episode 10. We discuss Martin County’s Water Ambassador Program, how human activities influence water quality, the benefits of living shorelines and the state of wild oyster habitats in the IRL. To [...]

Episode 9: The Indian River Lagoon Observation Network: Monitoring Lagoon Health

By |2024-05-15T13:22:29-04:00August 29th, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

In episode 9, we’re sitting down with Dr. Dennis Hanisak and Kristen Davis from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. We cover IRLON, or Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network of Environmental Sensors, measuring the water quality and weather data of the lagoon, accessible data, community outreach and hope for the future. To learn [...]

Episode 8: Lagoon Perspectives From a 5th Generation Commercial Fishing Family

By |2024-05-15T13:38:20-04:00August 22nd, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

Executive Director Duane DeFreese chats with fifth-generation commercial fisherman Charlie Sembler about how the Indian River Lagoon has changed since he was young, his time in the Florida Legislature, and practical advice for educating elected officials and the general public on how to help the IRL return to health. To learn more about the [...]

Episode 7: IRL Restoration – Jumpstarting Seagrass Growth in the IRL

By |2024-05-15T13:47:59-04:00August 15th, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

IRL Community Engagement Coordinator, Jessy Wayles, sits down with Brevard Zoo Conservation Manager Olivia Escandell and Marine Discovery Center Conservation Science Coordinator Tess Sailor-Tynes to chat about historic funding in support of the Indian River Lagoon. They both have many exciting projects underway such as seagrass restoration, building seagrass nurseries, shuck & share oyster [...]

Episode 6: Conservation Lands Create Unique Recreation Opportunities on the IRL

By |2024-05-15T13:54:21-04:00August 8th, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

Indian River Lagoon Counties identify lands for purchase based on their conservation value with consideration to allowing for public access and recreational use and enjoyment. In episode 6 of our podcast, we talk with Beth Powell (Director of IRL County Parks), Amy Griffin (Environmental Resources Director of St. Lucie County), and Mike Knight (Program [...]

Episode 5: Professional Guides Talk Fishing on the IRL — Past & Present

By |2024-05-15T13:57:01-04:00August 2nd, 2023|Categories: One Voice Podcast|

In our fifth episode, we talk with Captain Jim Ross and Captain Blair Wiggins, commercial fishing guides and Indian River Lagoon locals who have witnessed first-hand many of the changes to the Lagoon’s ecosystem. We discuss the potential solutions to Lagoon issues, including the IRL Clam Project, and what everyone in the community can [...]

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