The first legends of the Indian River Lagoon Hall of Fame will be inducted on November 4 in Melbourne

Legends will be inducted annually and honored at the MRC headquarters in Palm Bay

The first Legends of the Indian River Lagoon, a new hall of fame, will be inducted by the Marine Resources Council at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront on November 4. Legends will be inducted each year, honored at the MRC headquarters in Palm Bay, and their stories will be promoted. through various channels to help advance the cause of restoring balance in the region. (RCM Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE BEACH, FLORIDA – The inaugural Legends of the Indian River Lagoon, a new hall of fame, will be inducted by the Marine Resources Council at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront on November 4.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Their stories will then be promoted to help draw attention to the significant progress being made in restoring balance to the rapidly developing coastal community east of metropolitan Orlando and what has yet to happen.

The diverse, narrow and fragile 156-mile-long lagoon waterway parallels 40% of Florida’s Atlantic coast and is one of 28 nationally significant estuaries in the United States.

“Legends of the Indian River Lagoon will be the people, organizations and projects that will be long remembered for the protection, restoration, unification and promotion of the coastal community of East Central Florida,” said said MRC Executive Director Leesa Souto, Ph.D.

The legends will be inducted each year, honored at the MRC headquarters in Palm Bay, and their stories will be promoted through various channels to help further the cause of restoring balance to the region.

The celebration will also feature the annual MRC Conservation Awards, comprising five categories: government employee, elected official, volunteer, project of the year and wave maker.

While progress is being made, the fundamental seagrass habitat of the lagoon is dying, due to rapid population growth, increasing pollution, outdated infrastructure and uncontrolled development.

“We need to better understand what is polluting our water and achieve a balance as we develop our communities,” Souto said.

“Counties and cities must implement sensible, cost-effective low-impact development (LID) practices that will reduce flooding and water pollution, build more resilient communities, and strengthen their economies,” he said. -she adds.

The lagoon is surrounded by beaches, wildlife refuges, the Kennedy Space Center and over 40 rapidly developing municipalities.

East of Orlando, fresh water from 10 major tributaries and an extensive network of creeks, canals and roads all flow into the lagoon, introducing a variety of pollutants which mix there with the water. salt from the Atlantic Ocean.

Since 1990, CRM members and volunteers have worked together to create an SEA Change: Science + Education + Action.

“A protected and restored lagoon will in turn protect home values, the economy and industries such as ecotourism and commercial and sport fishing,” Dr Souto concluded.

Those interested in attending the Love Our Lagoon celebration, learning more about IRL legends and MRC volunteer and membership opportunities can visit SaveTheIRL.org or call 321-725-7775.

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