On Wednesday, August 17, from 9-11a.m., local non-profit Keep Brevard Beautiful will invite members of the media and local officials to attend an educational launch event at 416 Melbourne Ave. in Indialantic showcasing the new Lagoon Friendly Lawns program, which will reduce harmful nutrient pollution inputs to the Indian River Lagoon.
Lagoon Friendly Lawns, developed in partnership with the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, the Satellite Beach Sustainability Board, the Surfrider Foundation Sebastian Inlet Chapter, the Brevard County UF/IFAS Extension Office, Marine Resources Council, Maple Street Natives and Boy Scout troop 757, features a county-wide certification program for both property owners and lawn care contractors that follow best practices to benefit the lagoon, and the features of these programs will be displayed at the launch event during a walking tour through certified yards in Indialantic. Keep Brevard Beautiful staff, partners and homeowners will be available for interviews.
“So far, we’ve been thrilled by the community’s response to this program, both in terms of the wonderful partners we’ve gained and all the positive feedback,” said Keep Brevard Beautiful Executive Director Tony Sasso. “There seems to be agreement that a program like this has been needed for some time to help educate and stem the flow of nutrients, and we’re hoping that by bringing the community together around solutions that everyone can get involved with, we’ll all be able to aid in the recovery of our lagoon.”
About Lagoon Friendly Lawns:
Through the Lagoon Friendly Lawns program, home and business owners who follow a set of criteria on their properties regarding nutrient pollution reduction, turf area minimization, stormwater runoff reduction and restoration of ecosystem benefits with native plants can submit an application to certify as a Lagoon Friendly Lawn at one of three levels. All certified applicants get a handcrafted lawn sign constructed using beautiful reclaimed wood that will recognize that property’s achievements and help spread awareness of the program to friends and neighbors.
Another way to achieve automatic property certification is to work with a certified Lagoon Friendly Lawns lawn care contractor. This program, currently being piloted in Satellite Beach, will certify contractors across the county based on criteria related to fertilization practices, mowing and pesticide application and reporting and education requirements. Contractors who meet the criteria will receive exclusive marketing to the growing base of eco-minded residents looking to do their part to help the lagoon.
In the future, program developers have their sights set on expanding Lagoon Friendly Lawns into neighboring counties along the lagoon by utilizing Keep Brevard Beautiful’s partnership with the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and bringing in other Keep Florida Beautiful affiliates and partners.
To learn more about Lagoon Friendly Lawns, visit www.KeepBrevardBeautiful.org/our-programs/lagoon-friendly-lawns.
Keep Brevard Beautiful is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, maintaining, educating and activating community partners to reduce litter, recycle, beautify and sustain the environment for the benefit of Brevard County. For more on KBB’s community-based programs, visit www.KeepBrevardBeautiful.org.