FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Genna Lunsford
Phone: (772) 225-0505 Ext 104
Florida Oceanographic Society to sponsor the Library Night Owls
in effort to enhance public awareness on how to STOP the discharges
April 21, 2010, Stuart, FL – The St. Lucie River Estuary and the Indian River Lagoon are now in critical condition due to large discharges of polluted freshwater from Lake Okeechobee and the agricultural canals! The water has high levels of nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen and is depositing an estimated 200 cubic yards of silt and sediment into the estuaries each day! Direct impacts of the discharges include fish with lesions, dying oyster populations and loss of seagrass habitat. Declines in tourism and in boating, fishing, and all water-related activities are causing a major economic impact on our community.
Several “protected” areas are now being impacted including two State Aquatic Preserves, the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary, NOAA Essential Fish Habitat, EPA Critical Habitat for Seagrass, the St. Lucie Inlet State Preserve Reefs, and the St. Lucie Nearshore Reefs nominated for National Marine Sanctuary designation. These estuaries and coastal ecosystems are habitat for over 4,000 species of plants and animals, including 33 endangered and threatened species.
Experience Library After Hours on Tuesday, April 27 from 6-8pm and hear Mark Perry, Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society, speak on the destruction caused by the discharges. Find out how you can help save Florida’s backyard!
IF YOU GO
What: The Library Night Owls present “Library After Hours,” a social networking and fundraising event to bring back the Story Express bookmobile
When: Tuesday, April 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Blake Library,
2351 Southeast Monterey Road, Stuart
Cost: $10/person, includes two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music
Florida Oceanographic’s mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s costal ecosystems through education and research. Our teaching and programming is designed to change the generational views of how we care for and preserve our unique environments. For more information on Florida Oceanographic or on the above lecture series, please visit our website at www.FloridaOceanographic.org or call (772) 225-0505.