Caity's Cove at the Lagoon House - Marine Resources Council
Photo Credit: Ken Parks, MRC Development Director

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October 2021
Restoration is Beautiful!!
The Header image of Caity's Cove shows the Lagoon House shoreline that has been restored thanks to funding from a Brevard County Tourism Development Council Indian River Lagoon Grant and the hard work of MRC's Director of Restoration, Caity Savoia, and our awesome volunteers! Coquina rock, concrete, and reef prism structures were built to demonstrate how different non-plastic, artificial reef structures function. The artificial reefs have successfully attracted lots of wildlife including birds, crabs, juvenile fish, and filter feeders like oysters. Furthermore, they have caused sand to accumulate behind them, greatly expanding the beach which is now covered in mangroves and wetland marsh grasses. This summer, seagrasses started to return near the reefs as well! Thanks to Charlie, the amazing drone volunteer, we have three years of aerial images showing how the shoreline has changed over time.

This innovative project was constructed within the limits of Florida's shoreline permitting process, which requires that no hard structure can be installed further than 10 feet from mean high water. Installing the reef farther out into the lagoon up to 30 feet from mean high water would have required additional costs for monitoring and for removal of the reef if monitoring indicates restoration progress is lacking. The additional cost of monitoring and the possible risk of removing the structure is a HUGE deterrent for homeowners to install living reefs at their homes. However, MRC demonstrates at the Lagoon House that installing a living reef within 10' of mean high water can build the shoreline, promote filer feeders, provide land for mangroves and marsh grasses, encourage seagrass growth, and prevent bank erosion. We need to encourage natural rock living reefs as a low impact development method that protects shoreline property and helps restore lagoon health.
MRC's LID Conference is Almost Here!
Last Chance to Register and Earn PE Credits
MRC's 1st Low Impact Development (LID) Conference is Thursday and Friday
(Oct. 21-22) at the Center for Collaboration in Rockledge. The two-day conference features some of the nation's leading experts in innovative stormwater management that is designed to reduce stormwater pollution and recharge the groundwater aquifer.

Low Impact Development represents the balance between economic and environmental prosperity, allowing growth without compromising water quality. Other areas of the world have embraced the concept and we need to embrace it here too.

Visit the LID Conference website by clicking on the button below to review the agenda, speaker bios, and sponsorship details.

Now offering Continuing Education Units for Professional Engineers!
Our Virtual Field Trips are Back!
Wednesday, October 27
9:00-9:45am
Webinar ONLY
Get a virtual, up-close look at some fantastic, fury, flying friends at the Lubee Bat Conservancy located in Gainesville, FL. Learn about bat species and their amazing senses and behaviors, while witnessing them interact and snack on some of their favorite foods. Angela Stull, Environmental Educator for Lubee Bat Conservancy, will talk about the important role that bats play in the ecosystem and how her organization cares for these amazing flying mammals.

This 45-minute virtual field trip is geared toward youth, but open to all ages. Participants will have the chance to ask questions through the Q&A box that will be answered toward the end of the presentation. Participants are also encouraged to email questions about bats to Megan Selva, City of Melbourne Environmental Programs Coordinator, at megan.selva@mlbfl.org by October 26.

Please register for the free event below to receive the Zoom link and login information via email. The field trip presentation will be streamed live and available to watch through the MRC’s Facebook page and Lubee Bat Conservancy‘s Facebook page. If you are experiencing technical difficulties or need to leave early, the program will be recorded and posted to the MRC’s YouTube channel after the event.
Featuring Alana Wood, Brevard Zoo’s
Education Program Coordinator
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
12pm-1pm
Hybrid Meeting - In person and Web-based!!
With over 2,000 species currently facing extinction, amphibians are in rapid decline on a global scale. The importance of healthy frog and toad populations are not just indicators of a balanced ecosystem but are beneficial in numerous aspects of human living.

Join MRC and Brevard Zoo Education Program Coordinator, Alana Wood, for our November Lunch & Learn Hybrid Seminar on FrogWatch USA, a citizen science program that monitors frog & toad populations to assist scientific research about these invaluable animals and what can be done to help.

This is a free event, but you must register to receive the zoom link or to reserve your spot at the Lagoon House as space is limited (subject to cancellation). We will be live streaming it through the MRC’s Facebook page and will be recording the presentation for future viewing!
The Lagoon House is open to the public by appointment only.

Call us at 321-725-7775 to schedule an appointment.

Stay safe Lagoon Lovers!

Events' Calendar
October 16 - Mangrove workshop
October 21 and 22 - LID Conference in person
October 27 - Hanging Out w/ Bats Virtual Field Trip
November 6 - Cocoa Beach Dub Reggae Yoga Fundraiser for MRC
November 8 - MRC Member Meeting
November 9 - Lunch & Learn - Frog Watch
November 13 - Indian River Lagoon Day at Front Street Park in Melbourne
December 4 - Ocean Reef and Beach Festival in Satellite Beach
Visit us at www.SaveTheIRL.org