New Provisions to the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Plan
Posted By Victoria Boss Vero Beach Realtor || 7-Oct-2014
A new proposal for the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan is out, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection wants residents’ opinions on what they would like to see in their community.
The lagoon’s plan has not been updated in decades and with new revisions, the likelihood of earning government grants to manage the lagoon’s maintenance and keep algae blooms in check is greatly increased. The plan so far is calling for more oyster beds and marshes to prevent events like the 2011 “superbloom” that killed more than half of the lagoon’s seagrass.
The plan, which is a whopping 218 pages, includes Banana River Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce Aquatic Preserve and Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve. Public meetings for presentation and public feedback will be scheduled.
The available details about the preserve plan are provided below:
- Encourage local areas to convert septic tanks to municipal sewers.
- Restore areas that contribute to water quality, including garbage removal.
- Restore and improve oyster beds and reefs.
- Review and revise a comprehensive plan for development along the lagoon.
- Update land use policies, population changes, and technological developments.
The original plan is over 30 years old and the population around the lagoon has doubled to 2.5 million since the plan was written. However, the Governor must approve the new revisions before any effort can take effect. Those involved stated the proposal should be in Tallahassee within 6 months.