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Dolphin saving practices

Jun 2nd, 2013 | Category: Announcements, Coastal Corner

The Ocean River Institute has launched a campaign to help educate the public about dolphin-saving practices for cleaner water in marine environments.

The Institute has noted that as nitrogen levels rise in marine environments, such as the Indian River Lagoon, dolphin deaths follow. Nitrogen originates from land-use sources, such as fertilization and waste water run-off.

The Indian River Lagoon, which spans 156 miles along the Atlantic coast of six Florida counties, is North America’s most diverse estuary. In recent years, 35 of the lagoon’s species have been listed as threatened or endangered.

What can you do to help clean up the waters of the Indian River Lagoon?

The Ocean River Institute suggests three things for coastal residents:

1. Do not spread fertilizer closer than 25 feet to waterways.

2. Use fertilizer containing at least 50 percent slow-release nitrogen. One hundred percent slow-release is better. Organic is best for lawns and waters.

3. Consider taking a lawn-fertilizing “holiday” from June 1 to Sept. 30. Better yet, find ways to naturally landscape your yard without using chemicals that can wind up in our waters.

The Ocean River Institute asserts that “responsible stewardship is best spearheaded by people taking action in their own communities.”

Be smart and do your part! The lagoon and its many creatures will benefit from your actions.