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Port Canaveral donates big money to IRL Council

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The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners agreed to contribute $100,000 to the Indian River Lagoon Council for public education to address the causes of damage to the estuary and motivate collaborative community action on the solutions.

Commissioner Bruce Deardoff said pollution from the past 100 years will not be fixed overnight, but change begins with raising public awareness and motivating the community to action.

“The continuing damage being inflicted upon the Indian River Estuary by the more than 1900 storm-water drainage pipes directing millions of gallons of fertilizer, leaves, freshwater sludge, and numerous pollutants into the lagoon is a major part of the problem,” said Deardoff. “Identifying the problems is the first step, however, our intent is for the development of a long-term management plan that allows all of the community to participate in the solution.“

“Port Canaveral has a rich history of environmental stewardship and today’s vote demonstrates our continued commitment to our community as we work together for the protection of our area’s natural resources,” said Commissioner Chairman Jerry Allender.

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