Celebrate Indian River Lagoon Day on Nov. 10 in Melbourne
Musical entertainment, activities for children and discussions about the Indian River Lagoon are just some of the events that will be offered free to the public during Indian River Lagoon Day. This local event is scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Front Street Park, 2210 Front St. in Melbourne. Admission to the event is free, and food and beverages will be available.
Entertainment will feature a variety of singer-songwriters from the lagoon region who will perform a collection of original music. The day's lineup is scheduled to include performances from Megan Hazlett, Kevin Browne, Everette Stephens, Bob and Patty Tatum, Sheryl Paige, Sam Tritico, Mark Steven, Randy Moore and Dave Petit. Activities for children will include bounce houses, face painting, a sea turtle obstacle course designed by Brevard County Parks staff and other games and crafts.
Numerous community organizations, school groups and vendors will be on hand at the Indian River Lagoon Day event to celebrate the lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office and the cities of Melbourne and Palm Bay are among the agencies and local governments working together to support this event. Together, they are seeking to highlight the lagoon's importance for the region's ecological health, quality of life and general economy.
Also planned throughout the day's activities are a "Meet the Experts" tent and a series of brief, informative presentations focused on the lagoon and the many projects and programs that are under way to improve its health. Those planned presentations include:
- Discussions about the recent algal blooms that have impacted the lagoon's sea grasses
- Overview of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and the projects that it funds
- A talk about storm water and the ways it harms the lagoon ecosystem
- An explanation of the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the lagoon from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- Update on the lionfish invasion of the lagoon
- Several other talks from local agencies and organizations about their programs and available volunteer opportunities that help improve the lagoon's water quality and habitats
AERC Recycling Solutions will be on hand to assist your environmental protection efforts with free electronics recycling of used batteries, televisions, radios, small appliances and other items. Review the AERC Recycling Solutions website to see a complete list of items they will accept for recycling.
For additional information about the Indian River Lagoon Day event, or to join the celebration as an exhibitor or vendor, please contact Kathy Hill, education coordinator with the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 722-5363. The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program is sponsored by the St. Johns River Water Management District, which oversees lagoon work in Brevard, Indian River and Volusia counties.