Save Our Indian River Lagoon

Boats on Indian River Lagoon with bridge in background.

The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program was created as part of a ½ cent sales tax that Brevard County residents voted to impose on themselves in 2016. The program is designed to address excess nitrogen and phosphorus pollution to the Indian River Lagoon through various projects to reduce pollution inputs, remove legacy loads of pollution, and restore natural filtration systems. It is estimated that the plan will bring in up to $542 million in revenue over 10 years to fund projects that will reduce or remove about 1.3 million pounds of excess nitrogen and 105 thousand pounds of phosphorus annually from the Indian River Lagoon.

The projects being completed by the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program are just one part of restoring the Indian River Lagoon. The National Estuary Program, St Johns River Water Management District, Brevard County and the cities have been working on stormwater improvements since the 90’s. Currently, new technologies are being incorporated to improve stormwater and wastewater utilities. The lagoon will also need the assistance of the community to help reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus created by homes and businesses. Learn more on how to reduce your personal impact by visiting the Lagoon Loyal website.

Project Plan

The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan was created to identify and prioritize projects to be funded by the Save Our Indian River Lagoon ½ Cent Sales Tax Referendum passed in 2016. The Plan was developed in partnership with scientists, economists, environmentalists and multiple government agencies. It outlines local projects planned to meet water quality targets and improve the health, productivity, aesthetic appeal, and economic value of the lagoon. It is reviewed and updated annually. The most recent update of the plan was approved in February 2022.

Citizen Oversight Committee

The role of the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee to review timeliness of project delivery, actual and updated project costs and actual nutrient removal effectiveness; review new literature and local studies on the types of projects included in the plan and potential alternative project types; evaluate alternative project proposals received from the community; and recommend adjustments to the Project Plan to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

Project Updates and Announcements

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Jan 18, 2023, 1:08 PM by Natural Resources Department
The Micco Sewer Line Extension project has begun construction.
Jan 18, 2023, 1:06 PM by Natural Resources Department
The South Central Zone C septic to sewer project is 82% complete with construction.
Jan 18, 2023, 1:04 PM by Natural Resources Department
The Osprey Water Reclamation Facility Upgrade in Titusville is nearly complete.
Jan 18, 2023, 1:01 PM by Natural Resources Department
The Oak Point Mobile Home Park project in Titusville is complete.

Maps

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The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program Overview Story Map  provides a general overview of the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program, it's purpose, projects, and grant opportunities for homeowners.
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This Story Map shows where all the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Plan Projects are located  and provides information on the status and benefits of each project.
Screenshot of Algae Bloom story map. Click following link for details.
The Algae Bloom Mapping Reports Story Map  provides a tool to help map and track the algae blooms in the lagoon using using satellite imaging. The Sentinel Viewer Tool allows you to view Chlorophyll A levels, one indicator of possible algae blooms, in the Indian River Lagoon by specific day. The slider on the tool allows you to compare images from different days.
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The Manatee Field Guide Story Map  shows you the best locations to view manatees, tips for a safe viewing experience for you and the manatees, and actions you can take to help protect manatees and their home in the Indian River Lagoon.

Upcoming Meetings

Monthly updates and progress reporting for the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Plan.
Monthly updates and progress reporting for the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Plan.
Monthly updates and progress reporting for the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Plan.
Monthly updates and progress reporting for the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Plan.