I currently serve as the (volunteer) President of the Florida Sport Fishing Assoc in east central Fl. I am also a volunteer member of the Lagoon Oversight Committee.
You seem pretty fired up.... what help is that?
Save Our Lagoon (1/2 cent tax) update:
-Mims muck dredging under way -Breeze Swept neighborhood septic to sewer conversion complete and test results indicate substantial
reduction to nutrient inflows to the lagoon. These are very impressive
results thus far. Anyone with the opinion that nitrogen doesn't flow
from a septic drain field into the nearby lagoon is quite simply wrong.
-Turkey Creek dredging and monitoring indicate that reclaimed water
irrigation is a significant contributer to nutrient inflows. Reclaimed
water has all the nutrients your lawn needs, and unfortunately some this
irrigation sheet-flows off lawns and into the lagoon. If you use
reclaimed water, you do not need to add fertilizer at all...ever.
-Oyster program has grown to 1200 farm sites (waterfront homeowners) and
8 reefs totalling 2,360 linear feet of oyster bags, that are showing
impressive growth and natural oyster recruitment, both around the reef
sites and several miles away. Upcoming work includes 8 more reef sites
and 1.3 miles of linear oyster bags. Hopefully we'll have new oysters
showing up throughout the lagoon! -Sykes Creek Muck Dredging behind
schedule as new dump site for the waste muck is being evaluated. It
will happen...be patient! -Several storm water collection, baffle
box, and re-routing projects are underway. These projects limit storm
water emptying into the lagoon without some type of nutrient settlement
prior to flowing to lagoon. Remember, every ditch, flows to the lagoon!
-Comprehensive evaluation of emergency sewer waste dumping into the
lagoon under way! Preliminary results indicate a major source for the
overflow of our sewer systems is quite simply homeowners leaving
clean-out caps on their sewer pipes open!!! A study beachside where
utilities were forced to dump emergency sewer waste during Hurricane
Irma showed 97 clean-out caps were open, allowing for puddled water to
flow directly into the sewer systems! How much water do you think could
flow into 97 clean-outs, keeping in mind this is 4" pipe? Simply
keeping clean-outs covered with the threaded caps will prevent rain
water from flowing in! -Many, many more projects underway and in the
pipeline coming our way in year 2 of the plan! Please be patient, we
expect meaningful results to take 6-8 years. In the meantime, spread
the word and volunteer. The single best source for volunteer
opportunities is the Marine Resources Council (MRC), at Marine Resources Council. Contact them to help with shoreline cleanups, oyster farming, mangrove plantings and much much more.
Yep 4th Gen Flo Grown. Environment is stressed but we'll just keep building it out.Joe, about as worthless as your river reports. You have all the answers but no resolution. Makes me wonder who do you know making profit from the "cleanup"?
I have to agree with gator. I grew up in Windermere when the population was around 600.
Enter Disney. In a few short years development turned the whole of central Fl into a zoo. Lakes and woods to hunt and fish turned into theme parks and urban explosions, like the Villages. I disowned it in 1980 after I got out of the Army and moved to C. Beach to get away.
Since then the permits to build all over the beaches, Merritt Island, Viera ( a real nitrogen supplier for those non-stop lovely yards ) and on and on seem to go with total disregard for the environment. All that revenue money and little if any ever went to fixing antiquated sewers etc. But lets spend MORE money for MORE research. **** the toilet is broken and running over and all that's really being done is mopping the floor w/o fixing and stopping the source.
As long as politicians can see a way to pad their pockets nothing will change.