Five new water quality monitoring stations installed in Indian River Lagoon

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials are going to have a better idea of how healthy the Indian River Lagoon is in real time.

Five new water quality monitoring stations were installed Friday.

The lagoon stretches along Florida's east coast from Volusia County to Martin County.

The health of the lagoon has been a concern in recent years.

Widespread algae blooms were found in 2011 followed by outbreaks of brown tide.

About 50,000 acres of sea grass, representing 60 percent of the lagoon's sea grass coverage, has disappeared.

The sensors will collect information on temperature, salinity and levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and plankton.

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