Who We Are
The Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition is a leading, independent advocate for a healthy Lagoon, connecting organizations, people and the community who are actively engaged in its restoration. The Coalition brings together organizations, businesses and individuals who share the goal of supporting restoration of the Lagoon. We are a non-partisan, non-governmental, volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Our vision is an Indian River Lagoon of clear waters, alive with lush sea grass beds, thriving fish, birds, manatees and dolphins – a healthy place where our families can play.
What We Do
- Foster awareness, education and actions in support of returning our Lagoon to health through science-based efforts designed to address the complex problems affecting our Lagoon
- Collaborate and support the community of citizens, boaters, tourism, anglers, environmental groups and businesses to advocate for the lagoon effectively
- Support, monitor and suggest changes to the Save Our Lagoon Citizens Oversight Committee that provides oversight and input to county government regarding the Save Our Lagoon Project Plan
- Regularly report the progress of Brevard County’s Save Our Lagoon Plan to the community
- Educate politicians and officials on the importance of adequate funding and support to clean up our waterways
- Support state and federal funding assistance for Florida’s cities and counties working to clean waterways like the Indian River Lagoon
How You Can Help
- Join us, become an advocate – HelpTheLagoon.org or https://www.facebook.com/BIRLC
- Become aware of your impact on the Lagoon and adopt Lagoon-Friendly living practices
- Volunteer with us & our partner organizations
- Attend government and community meetings about the Lagoon
- Educate the public at community festivals and events
- Become a partner organization or business sponsor
Why We Need a Healthy Lagoon
- The Indian River Lagoon is a national treasure with an extraordinary diversity of animals and plants that provides unique recreation and benefits to residents and visitors.
- Families and communities depend on clean water for recreation, quality of life, jobs and a healthy economy.
- Our local economy is dependent on a healthy natural environment that attracts new residents, visitors and businesses.
- Poor water quality threatens the health of wildlife, fish and communities.
- Water conditions will worsen if over-fertilizing, leaky septic tanks, sewage, spills and polluted storm-water continue.
- Pollution causes slimy, toxic algal blooms that harm fish, dolphin, manatees, birds, people, plants and ecosystems.
Programs and Accomplishments
Lagoon Straight Talk Community Forums
- February 2019 at Florida Tech – 500 attended
- June 2019 at Dixie Crossroads/Titusville – 150 attended (standing room only)
- September 2019 at Courtyard Marriott/Cocoa Beach – scheduled in future
Addressed Brevard County Florida State Delegation in support of funding for Florida and Indian River Lagoon waters
Launched What You Can For the Lagoon Campaign
2019: Supported temporary ban of new applications for Application of Biosolids (compacted human waste byproduct of Wastewater Treatment) on Brevard County lands
2019: Supported passage of Brevard County Septic Tank Ordinance, requiring new or replacement systems to meet advanced treatment standards
June 1, 2019 Fertilizer Ban education and awareness
Facebook post garners more than 40,000 engagements
June 2019 Lagoon Straight Talk initiative underway, an online resource to provide accurate, science-based, timely information about the Brevard Indian River Lagoon in a fresh, accessible style that includes telling the positive story of this Brevard resource. The site will be promoted and available to anyone seeking information about the Lagoon. It will feature regular updates and timely “breaking news” as needed. Content will be delivered in different formats such as white papers, FAQs, briefs and how-tos, among others.
2016 Conducted community-wide education campaign on the proposed half-cent sales tax and Brevard Count’s Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan.