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Indian River Lagoon Management Plan Public Comment Period Open

Preliminary Draft IRLNEP CCMP (Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan).

Public comments are requested for the draft IRLNEP CCMP : 

Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan

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IRL Council "All Hands" Meeting December 14, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018​

2018 Annual "All Hands" Meeting of the Management Conference:

Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., Ft. Pierce, FL

10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Agenda will be published at

Marine Discovery Center Public Lecture: Coastal Shoreline Surveys

When: Thursday, November 15 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

Dr. Melinda Donnelly of the University of Central Florida will present on “Shoreline Characterization of Brevard and Volusia County” for the November public lecture at the Marine Discovery Center.

The presentation will share results of shoreline surveys conducted around the entire 350-plus-mile length of shorelines for Brevard County and southern Volusia County in the Mosquito Lagoon.

Surveys were used to evaluate the extent of hard-armoring (seawalls and bulkheads) and other human changes to shorelines and were conducted in an effort to identify and prioritize restoration needs in these two coastal counties.

Donnelly is a post-doctoral scholar at UCF and was the principle investigator for the shoreline work conducted in the surveys.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386.428.4828.

Green Building Workshop November 14, 2018

Building, buying, owning or renting? Think Green!

Green, or sustainable, buildings reduce the impact we have on our natural environment. Whether building or retrofitting a home or commercial property, green buildings conserve water and energy, reduce waste, and use building materials that are healthier for the occupants. The return on investing in green building includes reducing your operation, utilities and maintenance costs.

Join presenters as they explain green building practices, cost(s) and benefits. Learn how green building relates to Low-Impact Development and resiliency.  

For more information, visit or call 386-736-5927.

Save our Springs and Rivers Academy


Join us for a six-week deep dive into clean water advocacy.  

The topics will include, but not be limited to, conservation, septic maintenance, fertilizer reduction, hydrology and recent research findings. The Academy will include classroom and field trip experiences, guest speakers, and hands-on, feet-wet learning to provide the ultimate citizen engagement experience. Those participating in the six-week course will gain valuable knowledge and will pledge to educate others on behalf of Volusia Blue Spring after the course’s completion as “Ambassadors.”  

The Academy will take place October 12 through November 16, 2018.

Dates: October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 9 and 16, 2018

Class size:  25

Click to download the Academy application.

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August 7, 2018 Menard-May Park Living Shoreline Restoration

Bethune-Cookman University plants a research plot of "living shoreline" at Menard-May Park.

Riverside Conservancy, Bethune-Cookman University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, City of Edgewater, Center for Earth Jurisprudence and the Green Volusia Program participate in research and aerial recon of a new living shoreline.

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