July Lecture, Living ShorelinesJul 2nd, 2016 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
MDC July Lecture Focuses On Living Shorelines
The Marine Discovery Center’s July lecture will focus on living shorelines. Students and faculty at Bethune-Cookman University will present information about “The Living Shorelines Project,” a locally based research and educational study.
The presentation will be held on Thursday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m., at the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach. The Marine Discovery Center’s monthly lecture is open to the public at no charge. No reservations are required.
The lecture program will offer practical information about how local citizens can help improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon and how they can participate in BCU’s research project. The BCU project plans to identify local homeowners who live along shorelines or in communities where storm-water retention ponds are present. Those individuals will be able to learn how to plant living shorelines to reduce pollution contributing to algae blooms through the project.
During the lecture, BCU representatives will discuss their residential living shoreline project funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant. The project will install free native shoreline plants along 10 turf grass-dominated, lagoon-front homes and along a portion of five coastal retention ponds.
Through the project, researchers will scientifically measure and compare the amount and type of pollutants that are prevented from entering the lagoon along homes with living shorelines compared to homes with turf grass. An additional 10 lagoon-front homes and five communities with retention ponds will be solicited as control sites for comparisons with the living shorelines.
BCU’s lecture presentation will provide details on the plant species, construction, research techniques and benefits of using living shorelines.
For more information about Bethune Cookman’s Living Shorelines Project, call (386)481-2793 or contact the program at livingshorelines [@] cookman.edu.