October 2019
Happy Halloween! Truth or Dare?
While you enjoy spooktastic festivities, don't forget to do your part to prevent Muck Creatures from killing the Indian River Lagoon. Truth or Dare?

  1. Dare to disconnect your lawn from chemical fertilizers
  2. Truth - Fertilizer is the 2nd largest contributor of nutrients to Florida's waterways. How much nitrogen does your yard REALLY need?
  3. Dare to swim in a bathtub of dog waste (yuck!)
  4. Truth - There are over 300,000 dogs registered in the lagoon watershed. Do you pick up after your dog?
  5. Dare to walk the streets with a grass clipping blower (safely).
  6. Truth - Grass clippings contribute to algal blooms and lower oxygen in the lagoon. Do you know where your grass clippings go?
  7. Dare to drink out of a glass without a plastic straw.
  8. Truth - Plastics in the environment cause injury and starvation. Can you reduce one time plastic use?
An Absolutely Great Job by All Who Participated in this Year's
International Coastal Cleanup!
A big SHOUT OUT to all the volunteers at this year's International Coastal Cleanup! At MRC's two cleanup sites, 140 volunteers collected 108 bags of trash, which is over 1,300lbs of litter! Your outstanding work is much appreciated and makes a big difference in the lagoon!

The International Coastal Cleanup has been organized by The Ocean Conservancy annually for over 30 years. Keep Brevard Beautiful is the local partner that coordinates cleanup sites and MRC captains two lagoon-front sites on the Melbourne and Pineda Causeways. Mark your calendar for next year's International Coastal Cleanup and come out to make a difference! Its typically held on the 3rd Saturday in September.

The trashy top 5 items collected this year!

Cigarette butts = 914
Tiny plastic pieces under 2.5 cm = 747
Tiny foam pieces under 2.5 cm = 550
Plastic beverage bottles = 443
Food wrappers = 308

November Brown Bag!
Cleaning Up Storm Water with Plants
presented by Steve Beeman, founder of Beemats LLC

Ted Moorhead Lagoon House
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay,

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 (12 p.m. to 1 p.m. )
Bring your lunch to MRC's November Brown Bag Seminar to learn about Beemats - innovative floating wetlands treatment for stormwater management. Beemats, LLC designs and installs floating treatment wetlands for nutrient pollution remediation. These patented designs, consist of various shapes and types of plants, all with the goal of removing harmful nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous. Beautiful and beneficial!

The presenter, Steve Beeman, grew up in South Texas before pursuing his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Hawaii, where he studied hammerhead sharks. Following graduation, he moved to Florida to work as a biologist for FDEP, and started his own company, Ecoshores, Inc, that focused on establishing native shorelines, wetlands, and habitats. Ecoshores, Inc. morphed into Beeman’s Nursery in 2000 and then Beemats, LLC in 2008.

 Admission is free, but please register below. Bring your lunch!
Join us for Indian River Lagoon Day at Front Street Park on November 9th! This will be a fun-packed day filled with be activities for children, local exhibitors, and food! MRC will be holding a free rain barrel workshop at t

Thanks to a grant from Brevard County Natural Resources and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, MRC can provide FREE Rain Barrels to people who register for the rain barrel workshop (Register here or use button below.

The workshop will begin with a presentation that will be followed by the opportunity to build your own rain barrel to take home! Anyone can attend the presentation, but space is LIMITED to build a rain barrel!
ShORE 2019 Symposium
November 15th
News-Journal Center
221 N. Beach St.
Daytona Beach, Florida
SHaring Our Research with Everyone (ShORE) is a symposium for students, scientists and community members interested in learning more about the state of the Indian River Lagoon. This year’s event is presented by the Daytona State College Institute for Marine and Environmental Studies, the Marine Discovery Center and Atlantic Center for the Arts. 

The ShORE Team is very excited to announce this year’s keynote speakers, Dr. Bernie Krause and Mr. Jack Hines. Dr. Krause has traveled the world since 1968 recording sounds of creatures and environments, and working on the research sites of Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey. Krause is the founder of the new ecological discipline, soundscape ecology, and speaks about the voice of the natural world in his Ted Talk. Mr. Hines is a protégé of Dr. Krause, and a trained soundscape specialist with decades of experience in the field. Together, they represent a diverse team of soundscape ecology artists from Wild Sanctuary, the internationally acclaimed soundscape field research and sound arts group founded by Dr. Krause.

There are many great presentations on lagoon research including a talk by MRC's Dr. Leesa Souto on the updated health of the lagoon! For more information about speakers, ShORE 2019 or to register, please visit the ShORE website here.

Online registration deadline is November 13, 2019. Event-day registration will be available. Registration deadline for Student Presenters and Abstract Submission is October 25, 2019.

We hope to see you there!
Show your Lagoon Love by becoming a member of MRC!
MRC members are our heart and soul. Our members' annual or monthly contributions are the foundational support on which we build our programs and services. There would be no MRC without our members!

We have a goal of adding 100 new members by the end of this year. Help us meet this goal by bringing a friend to a brown bag or an MRC event so they can learn about the critical work we are doing. I know once they see how much MRC does for our lagoon community, they will want to join our family! If you are not a member, please join today or renew your membership! 

If you have any questions about your current membership status, please email Kate Zehnder at kate@mrcirl.org .
Upcoming Events
October 26th: IRL Science Festival- Expo Day at Veterans Memorial Park, Ft. Pierce
November 5th: Brown Bag- Cleaning Up Storm Water with Plants, Lagoon House
November 9th: IRL Day at Front Street Park, Melbourne
December 3rd: Brown Bag- North Atlantic Right Whale Update, Lagoon House
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