The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan (SOIRLPP) is a multi-faceted, long-term effort by Brevard County focusing on four R’s:
Reduce pollutant and nutrient inputs,
Remove the accumulation of muck,
Restore filtration ecosystems, and
Respond to changes by monitoring progress.
The Marine Resources Council is excited to announce that Brevard County recently approved two mangrove projects that will contribute to the Restore section of the SOIRLPP. One mangrove planting project will be located in Cocoa Beach and one will be at MRC’s home base, the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House in Palm Bay.
Mangroves are key to a healthy, biodiverse estuary as they provide critical nutrient absorption in addition to other benefits such as enhanced fishery habitat and storm/erosion protection. In total, our two projects will produce 2,500 linear feet of mangroves with a Total Nitrogen (TN) reduction of 500 lbs/year and a Total Phosphorous (TP) reduction of 170 lbs/year.
Stay tuned for more information on these SOIRLPP mangrove plantings and how you can help by planting your own little nutrient absorber!