Two Indian River County Sites Approved for Water Farming Funding
On January 12, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board approved funding for two sites in Indian River County to establish water farms to help reduce nitrogen and phosphorus being dumped into the Indian River Lagoon. The nutrient-rich fresh water being dumped into the lagoon causes massive algae blooms that damage the ecosystem by killing spawning fish, sea grass and other inhabitants of the lagoon. The farms are to be built on expired citrus groves, which will bring purpose back to the land while helping save the lagoon’s delicate ecosystem. We spoke to Doug Bournique, executive director of the Indian River Citrus League, who has been a major advocate of this project, about this big success.