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New State Funding For Indian River Lagoon Cleanup

Muck scientist John Trefry eyes one of two dredges removing muck from the Indian River Lagoon. Photo by Amy Green

Indian River Lagoon cleanup is getting a $24 million infusion from the state.

The money is aimed at eliminating the nutrient pollution that nourishes algae blooms. A bloom last year triggered the worst fish kill in the lagoon in modern history.

Some $10 million will go toward removing muck from the Eau Gallie River, a lagoon tributary. The foul-smelling black substance is an accumulation of decades of nutrient pollution.

Rockledge will get $162,000 for septic tank removal.


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Amy Green

About Amy Green

Reporter and Producer

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »