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Speak Up for the St. Lucie

  • St. Lucie Inlet and River
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December 02, 2020 at 10:09 AM

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners asks for your support as we “Speak Up for the St. Lucie.” In Martin County, our waterways are central to our community’s way of life. The Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary have long suffered from degraded water quality due to freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee and stormwater runoff. This poor water quality continues to negatively impact our overall quality of life and our local economy, much of which is dependent on a viable coastal ecosystem. 

The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is committed to advocating on behalf of our waterways to mitigate the negative impacts of freshwater releases and runoff on our estuary. We cannot do this important work alone. Join the Board of County Commissioners and the citizens of Martin County as we continue to lead the way in the protection of our waterways and “Speak Up for the St. Lucie.”

Get Involved

BECOME A WATER AMBASSADOR:

The Martin County Water Ambassador training program is a one day education program that unites and empowers residents who have an interest in protecting local waterways and giving back to their communities.

The program, in partnership with the University of Florida IFAS Extension, provides a way for motivated individuals to connect personal decisions with information about lagoon-friendly practices.

As a Water Ambassador graduate, you take on the role of educator and activist within your community, to advance the message of reducing pollutants in runoff and encourage residents to answer the call to help protect our local waterways!

FLORIDA OCEANOGRAPHIC OYSTER RESTORATION PROGRAM:

The Florida Oceanographic Oyster Restoration program (FLOOR), in partnership with Martin County, actively engages the public in restoring oyster reef habitat. With the aid of thousands of volunteers, FLOOR restores oyster habitat by recycling shell, constructing reefs and growing oysters. 

The success of the FLOOR program relies on extensive volunteer support and community engagement. Visit the Florida Oceanographic Society website to learn how to participate in this program.

CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES:

Contact your representatives to voice your support of projects that will help lessen future impacts to our estuary. Our representatives and senators serve on behalf of their constituents and are our voice in Tallahassee and Washington D.C. Residents are urged to reach out to our legislative delegation to advocate on behalf of our precious natural resources.

Join the Conversation

Follow our Speak Up for the St. Lucie Facebook page to stay engaged and help advocate for the St. Lucie River, lagoon and estuary. Protection of our waterways is a priority for the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, but we cannot do this important work alone. Join the Board of County Commissioners, staff and the citizens of Martin County as we continue to lead the way in the protection of our estuaries.

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