Steps to Success 2017-12-07T03:00:39+00:00

ENSURING A BETTER TOMORROW

In 2015, the IRL Council was created in response to the IRL water crisis with the primary goal to lead a historic reorganization of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. Successful ecosystem restoration requires a science-based plan to restore water quality, ecosystem health and resilience to the IRL. They identified seven common-sense, best practice actions that, if followed, would help restore and protect the lagoon.

SEVEN STEPS TO SUCCESS

REDUCE

freshwater, sediments and nutrient loads such as stormwater from entering the lagoon and improving systems to treat and control them before they reach the lagoon

REMOVE

high-nutrient muck impacting sediment health and water clarity in the lagoon as well as obstructions to natural water flow and ending high-volume freshwater dishcharges

RESTORE

water quality, habitats and species that have been lost or diminished such as oysters, clams and seagrasses, which help restore the water quality in the lagoon

RESPOND

to new information, technological advances, changing conditions and research results to help keep our efforts impactful, proficient and coordinated

REBUILD

our aging and inadequate wastewater and stormwater infrastructure as well as converting septic to sewer, upgrading wastewater treatment and rethinking biosolids management

RESEARCH

new and innovative opportunities to strategically invest in coastal research and development along the IRL resulting in resilient infrastructure, and clean water and renewable energy technologies

REPORT

current conditions, trends, discoveries, progress and even failures to our communities in order to keep us connected and on the right path toward success

YOU CAN HELP PROTECT THE LAGOON

Make the connection between water quality in the lagoon and your personal behaviors and household habits. Stormwater runoff connects everyone to the lagoon. Learn more about simple things you can do now to help make a big impact.
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