Grant helping cleanup Indian River Lagoon

Posted at 4:46 AM, May 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 05:49:25-04

More than two dozen projects have received a grant from the new Indian River Lagoon Council.

The grant helps pay for projects that guide future efforts throughout five counties to clean the lagoon.

One of the biggest projects receiving the grant is a Sebastian sewer hookup incentive program. It will allow the city to transition from a septic system to sewers.

Below is a list of  projects receiving funding.  Here's how the new council doled out its first $1. 4 million

* Fort Pierce: $200,000 to clean San Lucie Plaza subdivision runoff to Taylor Creek and Indian River Lagoon

* Vero Beach: $122,000 to reduce Vero Isles subdivision runoff

* Ocean Research & Conservation Association (Fort Pierce): $105,000 to identify/determine remedy for worst polluter canals

* Martin County: $100,000 to find best way to remove nitrogen from Manatee Creek

* Martin County: $100,000 for Savannas restoration project to improve water quality

* Sebastian: $100,000 incentives for septic-to-sewer conversion

* University of Central Florida: $99,877 to survey Brevard County lagoon shoreline to guide future projects

* Edgewater: $68,862 to improve Boston Road stormwater system to reduce erosion, discharges to lagoon

* Pelican Island Audubon Society (Indian River County): $62,500 for lagoon environmental education program

* Cape Canaveral Scientific Inc.: $60,000 for grant writing assistance for lagoon projects

* Florida Department of Environmental Protection: $50,000 for shoreline planting, oyster reef creation in Brevard, Indian River counties

* Marine Discovery Center (Volusia County): $50,000 for oyster shell collection, reef construction

* Brevard Zoo: $49,500 to restore shoreline to filter water, promote biodiversity

* Marine Resources Council (Brevard County): $45,000 to create lagoon health report card

* Indian River Lagoon Council: $45,000 to revise Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan

* Marine Discovery Center: $41,207 for Project H2O Academy water quality education

* Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (St. Lucie County): $34,758 to assess potential impacts of climate change on lagoon

* Environmental Learning Center (Indian River County): $30,635 to teach homeowners' associations ways to cut runoff

* Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce: $29,400 to determine how well oysters remove pollution from lagoon

* Fort Pierce: $25,000 to build oyster reef in lagoon at Indian Hills outflow

* Friends of the Spoil Islands: $25,000 to replace invasive plants with natives on Indian River County spoil island

* St. Lucie County: $15,000 to restore habitat on Wesley's Island in Fort Pierce Inlet

* Titusville: $12,000 to teach property owners to maintain restored shoreline, protect water quality

* IRL Council: $10,000 to support National Estuary Program

* DEP: $7,042 to create oyster, fish habitat on Paul's Island in Indian River County

Source: Indian River Lagoon Council