Our Director of Research and Conservation at Florida Oceanographic, Dr. Loraé Simpson, sat down with Nicholas D’Alessandro, host of the Wait Five Minutes Podcast to talk all about mangroves, the different types that can be found in our subtropical ecosystem, and the interesting role they play in our environment.
Can mangrove habitats provide more opportunities for climate mitigation?
Mangroves are a common sight in south Florida, but rare in the salt marshes of the north since they cannot survive extended periods of freezing temperatures. However, a warming climate has made freezes less common, spurring a more than 100 percent increase in mangrove cover in northern Florida since 1985.
Join us to learn about the projects our Research Department interns have been working on this summer! Presentations will cover oysters and seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon. Space for this event is limited and registration is required. We hope you can come out to show your support of our interns budding scientific careers.
LIVING DOCKS OYSTER MATTING We are looking for volunteers to help us attach oyster shells to polyethylene mats that will be used to restore water quality and benthic habitats in the Indian River Lagoon. No previous experience needed, but nimble fingers are a must. We have limited space available for this event.
VOLUNTEER INFO SESSIONSVirtual: August 8th at 12pm
In-Person: August 18th at 9:30am
Whether you plan on volunteering, or just want to learn a little more about Florida
Oceanographic, these sessions provide an introduction to our mission of inspiring environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing the ongoing LOSOM process. We are reviewing this document and look forward to participating in the NEPA Public meetings that will be taking place throughout August, including the one for all stakeholders east of Lake Okeechobee scheduled for August 17th at 6pm.
Up to this point the USACE has been receptive to comments from concerned stakeholders on the Treasure Coast, but we cannot let our foot off the gas pedal. Now through September 12th, the Corps will be taking comments from all stakeholders, regardless of location. If we want smart, equitable water policy, we have to be persistent. ZERO discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary is possible if we demand it. More water can and should flow south to the Everglades, to restore the River of Grass. The Caloosahatchee River needs a reduction in harmful discharges.
At the link below you can send a message to the Army Corps with these demands, voicing your concern for our waterways. It’s a simple, preformatted email that takes less than 5 minutes to fill out and send. If you love our waterways and want to see them free of harmful discharges and toxic algal blooms, please show your support today. The only way we lose this fight is if we give up!
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