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St. Johns River Water Management District. Saving the Indian River Lagoon An Overview of the Indian River Lagoon Protection Initiative. Volusia Council of Governments March 24, 2014. William J. Tredik Initiative Leader. Indian River Lagoon. 156 miles Five counties

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St. Johns River Water Management District

Saving the Indian River Lagoon

An Overview of the Indian River Lagoon Protection Initiative

  • Volusia Council of Governments
  • March 24, 2014

William J. Tredik

Initiative Leader

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Indian River Lagoon

  • 156 miles
  • Five counties
  • Two Water Management Districts
  • Three water bodies
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Indian River Lagoon in Volusia County

  • Mosquito Lagoon
  • Over 30 miles long
  • Over 20 miles within Volusia County
  • Indian River
  • North tip within Volusia County
  • Haulover Canal
  • Connects Mosquito Lagoon to Indian River just south of Volusia County
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Indian River Lagoon

  • Biologically diverse
  • More than $3.7 billion/year
  • ($658 million in Volusia County)
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Partnerships

  • Multiple agencies, organizations and local governments
  • FDEP
  • SJRWMD
  • SFWMD
  • Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS)

SJRWMD

SFWMD

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Science

Mapping

Data collection

Data analysis

Investigations

Modeling

SJRWMD

Lagoon Tool Box

Projects

Identify

Design

Cost share

Restoration

Regulation

Environmental Resource Permitting

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Investments

  • More than $280 million in projects funded with federal, license plate tag, and local government revenue
  • More than $164 million in projects funded by SJRWMD
    • Restoration
    • Acquisition
    • Cooperative projects
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Wetland Rehabilitation and Habitat Enhancement

  • Mosquito impoundments
  • Dragline ditches
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Impacted Wetlands in the North Mosquito Lagoon

New Smyrna Beach

Dragline Ditch Areas

Impoundment Areas

Edgewater

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Oyster Reef Restoration

  • More than 50 dead or damaged oyster reefs have been restored in the Mosquito Lagoon.
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Other Projects

  • Regional Stormwater Parks
  • Re-Diversion Projects

Turkey Creek

C-1 Re-diversion Project

Sebastian Stormwater Park

Fellsmere Water Management Area

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Algal Blooms

  • 2011, 2012 and 2013
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The Perfect Storm

  • Long-term drought
  • Extreme winters
  • Decaying tumbleweed-like algae
  • No single factor identified
  • Committed to enhancing understanding
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Indian River Lagoon

Protection Initiative

  • “Protect and restore the water quality and ecological habitat of the Indian River Lagoon by leveraging District resources and working with the National Estuary Program and its partners.”
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Indian River Lagoon

Protection Initiative

  • Goals:
    • Enhance the science to protect and restore the water quality and ecological habitat
  • Identify solutions to improve lagoon health
  • Implement projects
  • Enhance coordination with lagoon stakeholders
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Algal Bloom Investigation

  • Science-based investigation to enhance the understanding of the lagoon system that involves:
    • Specialized algal bloom monitoring
    • Data collection
    • Field and lab analyses
    • Model development
    • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • FY 13-14: $1.78 million
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Indian River Lagoon

National Estuary Program

  • 17 cost-share projects in FY 13-14
    • Restoration/water quality
    • Scientific
    • Outreach and education
    • FY 13-14: $496,000
    • FY 14-15: Ranking underway

Restore native habitat (mangroves)

Stormwater improvements

what we can all do
What We Can All Do
  • Development and environment can coexist
  • Understand the causes
    • Fertilizer and stormwater runoff
    • Septic tanks
    • Animal and pet waste
    • Lack of habitat
  • Options
    • Waterwise landscaping
      • Stormwater retrofits
      • Low Impact Development (LID)
      • Living Shorelines
  • Visit itsyourlagoon.com
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Thank You

itsyourlagoon.com