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Topic Title: What Happened to the River?
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Created On: 09/02/2020 04:47 AM
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 10/06/2020 06:29 AM
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tom

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I'm going to give a shout to the environmental community for also delaying the flip from seagrass to phytoplankton for so long. Indian River Lagoon Act prohibited STPs from putting treated wastewater into the Lagoon. Marine Resources Council has long advocated and implemented public involvement. Stormwater Rules largely enforced to prevent new development runoff. Plenty more too, hell, citizens of Brevard voted a 1/2 cent cleanup tax! Unfortunately, too little and mostly too late. Cleanup still possible but will require genuine will of the people (fertilizer) and big $$ (wastewater) to actually accomplish. Sigh.

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 10/06/2020 05:39 PM
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That is very true. The lagoon was sliding down hill pretty bad in the 70s and 80s. None of the original big developments had any meaningful stormwater storage capacity. Look at aerials of all the pre-1990 developments and notice that it is just ditches and no storage ponds; especially the shitty developments like Port Malabar and Port St. Lucie. Huge amounts of St. Johns water was diverted to the lagoon and that diverted water was ag waste and suburban runoff from places like most of Palm Bay via Melbourne-Tillman. But the new developments had tighter and tighter rules on how much rain was supposed to hold back; had to install X-acre feet of storage for every so-many square feet of impervious surface. There we a lot of targeted septic to sewer conversions that had a good effect. My neighborhood got sewer in 1980 since we are on a sand dune that leeches easily to the lagoon. The water in the lagoon wasn't looking too bad in the mid-2000s.

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 10/06/2020 05:43 PM
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But population pressure is winning out and the old measures aren't keeping up. Need to spend a lot of money on sewer infrastructure and stormwater management and get people to quit pumping the shallow aquifer onto their lawns and fertilizing like fiends.

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 10/15/2020 06:30 AM
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My neighbor is a good example of what is happening to the river. She wants a nice St. Augustine Lawn so much. Last winter when we had a tiny cool spell her lawn browned slightly as St. Augustine grass can do when night temps drop into the 30s. She saw brown and thought it needed more water. So she ran her water multiple days per week. Wet semi-dormant grass grows nastiness and she killed her lawn with fungus. She consulted a lawn guy. He told her she over-watered. She put down sod. She killed that with excessive irrigation with well water that is becoming increasingly salty due to over-pumping. Yesterday she had her husband out putting down granular WeedNFeed on what is about 50% bare dirt. Her irrigation runs 4 days per week. If Brevard County ceased all ornamental broadcast fertilizer we would see immediate water quality improvement in the lagoon before we ever got to the super expensive fixing of sewer infrastructure.

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 10/15/2020 06:32 AM
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And she is one lonely lawn. The "Black's", "Slug-a-bug", "middleton's", "Trugreen" signs are all over the neighborhood from people getting their monthly broadcast of the Fertilizer/Herbicide/Insecticide/Fungicide cocktail.

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