Indian River Lagoon wetlands to be restored

PALM BAY, Fla., July 26, 2016 — A partnership project to restore six acres of wetlands and enhance 30 more at Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park is set to kick off in late July.

“It’s through projects like this we can continue addressing issues throughout the Indian River Lagoon and see long-term recovery begin,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Removing dikes from this property will allow for a more natural upward migration of wetlands improving overall water quality in the area.”

Work will include removing approximately a mile of interior dike and upland grove berm at the park, which is partly owned by the district and managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In addition to enhancing connectivity between the lagoon and the wetlands, invasive plants will be replaced with native species.

“I am thrilled to partner with the St. Johns River Water Management District on this important restoration project,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park is an incredible resource and thanks to this project, residents and visitors will continue to enjoy its natural beauty for years to come.”

The $79,000 project is one of several wetland restoration success stories in Brevard and Volusia counties funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.