There is an ecological crisis in Indian River Lagoon. Large quantities of water with high levels of nutrient pollution from Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Basin are being discharged to tide, leading to toxic algae blooms in the Lagoon’s waters. There have been numerous, mysterious reports of deaths of Pelicans, manatees, and dolphins in the area. Harmful bacteria have also been detected in some areas, making the water dangerous for human contact.
Learn more about this issue and what Audubon Florida recommends to protect the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Estuary by downloading the Crisis in the Indian River Lagoon: Solutions for an Imperiled Ecosystem fact sheet here.