Our Commitment to
The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is part of the longest barrier island complex in North America, occupying more than 40% of Florida’s east coast, extending over 156 miles from Ponce de Leon Inlet to Jupiter Inlet in West Palm Beach. Threatened by rapid development, habitat destruction, over-harvesting and pollution, the lagoon has been flooded with harmful nutrients and sediments, resulting in massive algal blooms, dying seagrass, falling oxygen levels and dead fish.
We had to Step Up
Our restoration programs aim to increase environmental awareness and show residents how we can collectively work together to restore the health of the lagoon. A healthy lagoon helps the environment but also helps humans co-exist in a way that safeguards the lagoon for future generations.
The Lagoon is a Valued Resource
As one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America, the IRL is home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals that depend on the quality of water within the Lagoon for survival. It also:
- Supports recreational activities.
- Increases property values.
- Provides tourism opportunities.
- Enables jobs in commercial fishing and charters.
Our Economy Thrives with a Healthy Lagoon
The IRL is a significant economic driver for five counties—Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. In a recent 2016 economic valuation study by the East Central Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils, the IRL’s total economic output in 2014 was $7.6 billion, not including an estimated $934 million in annualized real estate value for properties located on or near the lagoon.
We Can Make a Difference
For all these reasons, Restore Our Shores and Brevard Zoo continue to learn, educate, and expand their efforts to improve the conditions of the Indian River Lagoon. We work daily to make people aware of how simple daily actions can impact the environment around them. Learn more about our lagoon projects and get involved.
We're Here to Help
Restore Our Shores needs your donations and/or volunteer time to reverse environmental damage. Take a look through our project sections to see the ways our volunteers are already helping. If you’re interested in learning more about Living Shorelines, sign up for our updates.