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MRC has been connecting Indian River Lagoon Coastal community residents with their lagoon for over 30 years. From New Smyrna to Jupiter Island, MRC has engaged the community in education, active restoration, and citizen science. We raise our community's voice in favor of lagoon restoration and protection policies. We teach future community leaders, provide hands-on experiences, and support an active citizen's science corps.
Our community relies on the lagoon as our playground, to provide fresh fish and shellfish to eat, and to provide pastoral and spiritual experiences. We Lagoon citizens want and need to know about the health of our lagoon.
Is the lagoon getting healthier?
The State of the Indian River Lagoon Report can raise awareness about issues and how to get involved in improving lagoon health. It provides scientifically-based information that can help residents make sound decisions. It provides easy to read and interpretive information to address state and national representatives with requests for attention and funding. The State of the Indian River Lagoon Report Card updates the public annually about the health of the lagoon and what is being done to restore it.
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LagoonFest is an all-day music charity event to generate awareness and funds to produce the first State of the Indian River Lagoon Report Card. The Report Card will update the community on the current health of the lagoon and the corrective action necessary to reverse the negative impact we have on the estuary. The report card is projected to be distributed throughout the 5 counties of the lagoon by 2017.
WHO IS THE MRC?
The Marine Resources Council (MRC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose purpose is to maintain and enhance the quality of marine systems for the economic, recreational, aesthetic, and environmental use of the people of Florida. MRC is leading the charge to save the Indian River lagoon with scientific-based advocacy, education, and Community engagement. The current status of the Indian River Lagoon requires a commitment of half a billion dollars and 15 years, to save and restore the Lagoon to a healthy state. Proceeds go to fund the State of the Indian River Lagoon Report Card. All donations are tax-deductible.