May 15, 2018
Yellow Dog Cafe Fundraiser
Date:  Saturday, May 19th

Time:  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost:  $60 early registration,
$75 at the door

Location: 905 U.S. Highway 1
Malabar, FL 32950.

Join us at Yellow Dog Café for an evening of incredible food, delectable wine samplings and steel drum music, all while overlooking the Indian River Lagoon. MRC Executive Director Dr. Leesa Souto, will present an early preview of the report card. On top of that, we will also be auctioning off one of our artisan rain barrels!

Paint a Porpoise for a Purpose!
Sunday, May 20th
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Painting with a Twist Studio - Melbourne
702 E New Haven Ave 
Melbourne, FL 32901
Painting, wine, beer, and all for a good cause? Yes, yes and yes! It's a new spin on Painting with a Twist - Painting with a Purpose. Painting With A Twist-Melbourne will be hosting a class to benefit the Marine Resources Council. Bring your own wine or beer and a team of instructors will guide you through the steps to paint the dolphin pictured at left. Bring your friends or a date!

Click here to register!
Explore with Us at MRC's Lagoon Castaway Summer Camp
Join us in our discovery of the Indian River Lagoon!

Open to children ages 8 to 11.

Session 1: June 4-8 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.
Session 2: June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Lagoon Castaway Summer Camp is designed to immerse campers in a Lagoon experience that includes a variety of hands-on learning activities, including:

  • Testing water quality
  • Building ROVs
  • Planting mangroves
  • Meeting some of the local wildlife
  • Making a shelter and tools using Ais Indian techniques
  • Learning about bees as pollinators
  • Releasing butterflies
  • And much more!

Click here to register!
MRC Summer Camp Internships and Volunteer Positions Available!
Do you love working with kids and have a passion for science? We need enthusiastic leaders to help guide our campers through our MRC Summer Camp from June 4th to 8th and from June 18th to 22nd. Help us inspire the next generation to become stewards of the environment!
Volunteers with Boats Needed for Summer Camp Excursion Day
We are in need of volunteers with boats to transport our campers and camp counselors to a Spoil Island in the Lagoon. We will need the boats on June 6th for Session 1 and June 20th for Session 2 of the Summer Camp. On these days, campers will be planting mangroves and learn how to test specific water quality parameters of the Lagoon, such as salinity, pH and turbidity.

Contact Kate Zehnder for more information.
Groundwater Study: Scientist to Action!
MRC and Applied Ecology Inc are working with Brevard County to investigate the extent that groundwater contaminated with wastewater is impacting the Indian River Lagoon. Nutrients such as nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are discharged from septic tanks, leaking wastewater infrastructure, and reuse irrigation water. The study initiated in Turkey Creek will help refine groundwater pollutant load estimates, inform priority areas for wastewater upgrades, and evaluate retrofit projects.

The line graph above compares nitrogen concentrations in three communities and a natural area. The red line show nitrogen concentrations in the septic tank community, the orange line is the sewered community that has reuse irrigation water, the purple links is the sewered community and the green line is a natural area. After ten monthly sampling events, it is clear that septic tanks are not the only wastewater related problems we have and hooking septic tanks to sewer may not be the easy answer. But, this is only one example. We will be expanding this study this year, adding 10-11 more areas this year to see if the same relationship exists.

Applied research like this is important to guide strategies, before investing millions in sewage and infrastructure upgrades. Policy and action requires science to guide directives and evaluate success. Throwing money into the lagoon without knowing whether it will work is wasteful and irresponsible. Thank you Brevard County for doing the science to support the actions!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Earth Week events!
We had a successful Earth Week due to all of the attendees, volunteers and staff that helped support our cause. The Center for Coastal Studies had a successful fundraiser hosted my MRC at the Lagoon House. Many great connections and ideas came out of the AUSVI Drone Seminar, to which there will be a follow-up meeting on May 16th. The Earth Day Sip-n-Stroll was a hit, with the perfect mix of a beautiful venue, great drinks and plants galore. And finally the Earth Day Celebration where we held a rain barrel workshop and Lagoon shoreline cleanup. Just look at all that trash collected (and in style too)!
MRC Staff Spotlight: Adam Klingenberg, Field Tech
Adam was born right here in Melbourne, Florida, which fostered his love for all things water, including boating, fishing and swimming. His family moved to Connecticut for five years, after which they moved back to Melbourne where Adam finished high school. He attended Florida Gulf Coast University to study Marine Sciences and Geology. Adam also works with Florida Custom Aquatic, designing, building and maintaining water features, such as koi ponds and waterfalls, along with lake management and fish stocking. Adam's personal motto, "you get out what you put in," can be seen in the work that he does for both Florida Custom Aquatic and MRC. Thank you for all your hard work and go-getter attitude, Adam!
Lucky's Bags For Change
From now until May 26th, use your reusable shopping bags the next time you shop at Lucky's, and they'll give you a wooden dime to donate towards MRC. At the end of the quarter, they'll double the amount raised!
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