We have to reduce the amount of nutrients entering from the lagoon – from all sources.
– Fertilize lawns less. Better yet, don͛t fertilize at all.
– Apply herbicides and pesticides sparingly or not at all.
– There are many options to the typical St. Augustine grass lawn.
– Convince the resource managers and politicians to restore proper freshwater flows into the lagoon. The St. Johns River Water Management District is already working on this, but they need more funding and support to ͚fix the plumbing͛.
– As part of the plumbing fix, we need them to build ͚filter marshes͛ along the waterways that lead to the Indian River Lagoon. These filter marshes will help to remove the excess nutrients from the water before it reaches the lagoon.
– Money from Amendment 1 would help to expand and speed up fixing the plumbing and creating filter marshes. Force the politicians to implement Amendment 1.
– Demand that the local sewage treatment plants are upgraded so that they don͛t dump partially treated sewage into the lagoon whenever we get heavy rains.
– A lot of the nutrients are entering the lagoon from groundwater. The most likely source of these nutrients is from septic systems. The Florida Keys has just finished converting every house from septic to sewer. If they can do it, this should be no problem for the Indian River Lagoon.
Our politicians should find out how the Keys did it at minimal cost to residents and do it here. Here is another way to look at it, in picture form. Each point of the triangle is the problem we have to fix. Once we fix all of the problems the result is a healthy Indian River Lagoon