Marine Resource Council Expands Programs
Marine Resources Council (MRC) is expanding its programs to better accommodate the need for community involvement. The MRC is a charitable organization that has been a local advocate for the Indian River Lagoon coastal ecosystem for over twenty years. “The Indian River has been suffering from excess nutrients and freshwater inputs,” says Executive Director Leesa Souto.“The deteriorating water quality has contributed to the loss of over one hundred manatees; nearly 50 dolphins; and hundreds of sea birds since the beginning of 2013.” The MRC conducts habitat restoration projects, engages volunteers in water quality sampling and right whale conservation, and supports research and education programs that protect the coastal aquatic systems.
MRC is adding exhibits and a new “Lagoon Life” gift shop at their Ted Moorhead Lagoon House in Palm Bay and plans for the gift shop to showcase local art, jewelry, books, and natural products. They are seeking local vendors to provide unique Lagoon-related items for their inventory. They are also in need of volunteers with retail assistance to help man the shop.
MRC will hold regular fundraiser events to help support the new Lagoon LifeSavers Program, which provides opportunities for citizen, business, and political involvement. A new training academy will enable volunteers who can teach and respond to lagoon restoration and education needs. The new Lagoon Lifesavers business program will train and certify “green” business leaders who go above and beyond to protect water quality while conserving energy and reducing waste. A series of Lagoon Action Assemblies will build facilitated consensus among scientists and elected officials.
MRCs long-standing Brown Bag Luncheon series presents a one-hour Lagoon-related topic the first Tuesday of every month at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House. Bring a bag-lunch and learn about what’s going on at the Lagoon.
For more information like MRC on Facebook, visit MRCIRL.org or call 321-725-7775. Marine Resources Council, Inc and Ted Morehead Lagoon House are located at 3275 Dixie Highway, N.E. in Palm Bay.