A $115,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will provide funding for Brevard County to complete a sediment removal project for a canal in the town of Indian River Isles that will help reduce harmful nutrient input into Indian River Lagoon.
The project will remove approximately 12,000 yards of muck soils from the East-West canal of the South Indian River Isles subdivision. The muck soil contains approximately 20,904 kilograms of total nitrogen and 4,476 kilograms of total phosphorous.
Removal of this sediment prevents the nutrient pollution from reaching the lagoon and eliminates the opportunity for these nutrients to impair water quality.
This project is part of a statewide effort to reduce nutrients and restore water quality in the Indian River Lagoon. The department adopted water-quality restoration plans (basin management action plans, or BMAPs) covering Indian River Lagoon and Banana River Lagoon in 2013.
Reducing nutrient loading to the Indian River Lagoon system is essential to protecting and restoring the health of this valuable estuary. This muck-removal project is one example of collaborative efforts to reduce nutrients and restore the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon.
Completion of the project is scheduled for March 2017. The project will be managed by Brevard County with oversight by DEP.