Cited as one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America, the Indian River Lagoon is home to more than 4,000 different animal and plant species and occupies more than 30% of Florida’s east coast. Currently the Indian River Lagoon is in a state of ecological crisis.
Man has changed the Indian River Lagoon significantly. Human development has caused the amount of freshwater that flows into the Lagoon to greatly increase. Population growth has also contributed a great deal of nutrient pollution from septic drainage fields, outdated sewage infrastructure, and urban and agricultural runoff.
Click here to learn more about the restoration of the Indian River Lagoon.