The current state of our lagoons..
So theoratically (and probably realistically) lets say the water does not clean up at all and stays murky into the summer months when it normally dirties back up again .. This means sunlight will have not adequately reached the grass in roughly 1.5 years... I cannot imagine what it will look like when it finally cleans up.. Areas that were thick with grass this time last year, I pole across now and don't feel a stitch of grass under my pushpole, all sand.. not that I can actually see the bottom in 18" of water to confirm.. If these conditions hold steady for another year, this place is gonna look like sebastian..
The question becomes what can we realistically and feasibly do about this problem? I honestly have no idea.. There are really no people in legislative power that really care enough to do something about our waters here. Drastic changes need to be made, and fast.. And a simple fertilizer ban at this point will accomplish exactly nothing, we are wayyyyy beyond that.. I question if it is too late.. CAN the damage done be reversed with the sheer amount of people who live in this area? What can we do about it? It sure seems like the brass won't give this any attention until it starts affecting tourism and hurting their bottom line..
The No Fill No Kill organization is trying to create an initiative here locally of people calling and writing to our local officials to at the very least at least try to create more buzz about this because as of right now, this is being completely ignored.. We need a solid plan though, something needs to happen ASAP .. If it keeps going at this rate there won't be any habitat left to save..
Current aerial and satellite imagery of the lagoon right now..
I sat down and really studied these areas on google earth and used the time hop feature to go back in time to see what the flats looked like several years ago.. It paints a pretty stark picture..
Why isn't CCA Florida all over this?
Here are some contacts... Who knows, maybe if we are loud enough, they will listen....
Brevard County Commissioner's
Commissioner Robin Fisher
Ph: (321) 264-6750
District 2 (Chair)
Commissioner Jim Barfield
Ph: (321) 454-6601
Commissioner Trudie Infantini
Ph: (321) 952-6300
District 4 (Vice Chair) Commissioner Curt Smith
Ph: (321) 633-2044
District 5 Commissioner Andy Anderson
Ph: (321) 253-6611
Click this link to Brevard County's Wiki:
Under the Gov. tab you can get our state and federal representatives info too. We will roll that out over the next few days too.
Link to the only published info on this massive bloom: