Target: Project Manager Tamy Dabu, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Goal: Save a precious spot of a lagoon from development meant to increase boat traffic
The Indian River Lagoon, part of a riverfront conservation effort in Florida, is in threat of degradation by development. The project seeks to create an asphalt parking lot, paved road, and dredged channel for large boats to gain access to the area. The project will diminish water quality, have a costly price, and threaten local wildlife and plant species. Action must be taken now protect this lagoon and its surrounding wetland from increased boat traffic and loss of wetland habitat.
The lagoon is a shallow-water estuary, which stretches along Florida’s east coast with a swamp that is important for recreational and economic use. The area at risk of development currently lies within the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Development truly goes against what the area has worked so hard to maintain. The reason behind the project must be questioned. Despite there being no demand for such a facility in the area, the nearly million-dollar project seeks to increase motorized boat access to the lagoon. In fact, the county already has twice the number of public boat access areas recommended by the state of Florida.
The lagoon houses a variety of plant and wildlife species. If this project is approved, 1.41 acres of wetland habitat will be destroyed for the parking area alone. Manatees live in the lagoon and, with an increase in motorized boat traffic, manatee deaths are expected to rise. Also characteristic to this area, seagrasses grow in the water, providing a habitat for a variety of fish species. With seagrasses already on the decline 60 percent from 2009 to 2012, this project will further cause detriment to this special plant species.
Sign this petition to urge the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny the proposal for the Oslo boat ramp and development project.
Dear Project Manager Dabu,
A boat ramp development project proposed for a sensitive area of Indian River Lagoon threatens the wetland’s integrity and wildlife. The area is part of the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area and should remain an area of concern and protection. The development project seeks to increase public boating access where there is no demand for such a boating launch project. The county in which this boat ramp is proposed already has twice the number of public boating access points than recommended by the state of Florida.
The development will destroy 1.41 acres of surrounding wetland and threaten native species’ habitats. Manatees thrive in the waters of Indian River Lagoon and sensitive seagrasses provide crucial habitat for fish species. Please take action to deny the request to build, cement, and dredge this precious area of Indian River Lagoon.
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