The Indian River Lagoon is North America's most diverse estuary with more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including 35 that are listed as threatened or endangered. The Lagoon also has one of the most diverse bird populations anywhere in America. Nearly one third of the nation's manatee population lives here or migrates through the Lagoon seasonally. In addition, its ocean beaches provide one of the densest sea turtle nesting areas found in the Western Hemisphere.
The Lagoon has faced challenges over the years. Fishery populations are reduced; salt marshes, mangrove wetlands, and sea grasses are lost. Shellfish harvesting areas grow smaller and are closed.
Directly or indirectly we are all responsible for maintaining a healthy Lagoon. Indian River Board of County Commissioners has made cleaning the Lagoon a focal point in their agenda. As residents, business leaders, government servants, visitors and responsible individuals, we can do our part to have a positive affect on the Lagoon. Numerous symposiums on the health of the Lagoon have addressed potential impacts from existing septic systems. Therefore, Indian River County Department of Utility Services, with the insistence from some of the Study Area residents, has taken a lead role in evaluating the feasibility of bringing centralized sewer services to residents currently on septic. The studies will investigate the possibility of sewer services to an area that can have a benefit to the lagoon by reducing nutrient loading.
Sewer Feasibility Studies
Questions relating to the Sewer Feasibility Studies may be directed to the County at SewerFeasibilityStudies@ircgov.com or call 772-226-1826 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm weekdays.