RESTORATIVE EFFORTS

ORCA is in a unique position to manage restoration projects in the Indian River Lagoon.

 

After years of developing and standardizing novel engineering and scientific methods to assess and monitor the health of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), ORCA entered the realm of habitat restoration and shoreline reclamation.

We have collected cutting-edge data, including both the Kilroy and Ecotoxicity programs, and mapped areas that are amenable to restoration. We have done our due diligence in this regard and are utilizing our data in an effort to reclaim the lagoon through shoreline protection projects.

 

Many factors have influenced the decline in health of the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries, including shoreline development and nutrient loading. High levels of nutrients entering the lagoon led to large algae blooms in 2016 and 2018 and the development of shorelines has removed natural filters that would have prevented many of those nutrients from entering the surface water.

Land to Sea Solution-Based Projects

 

 ORCA’s shoreline projects improve impaired waterways by using buffer zones to capture storm water runoff, reducing nutrients that lead to harmful algae blooms, and by restoring living shoreline habitats.

 

Living shorelines are shoreline protection projects that provide habitat for plants and animals, stabilize shorelines and improve water quality. Living shorelines usually include the construction of a hard structure or breakwater made from rock or bagged shell and the planting of native vegetation along intertidal shorelines.  Learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buffered shorelines, or buffer zones, are vegetated areas along rivers and lakes that help minimize the amount of pollution entering the water. A vegetative zone consisting of native plants helps to filter pollutants, such as fertilizers and pesticides, and minimizes grass clippings entering the waterways, which rapidly turn into nutrient laden muck.  Learn more.

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NATIVE COASTAL

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INDIVIDUAL PLANTS

As part of our restorative efforts, ORCA has developed a shoreline restoration nursery housed at the Center for Citizen Science in Vero Beach.

The continued growth of our shoreline restoration work is a top priority for ORCA. For the last 16 years ORCA has collected some of the most in-depth and usable data on the Indian River Lagoon. It has been our vision since our inception to find ways to use this information to help the Lagoon moving forward.

 

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Mailing Address: PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science: 2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office: 140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action and community education and outreach.

 

Please help support our mission.

ORCA is a non-profit, non-governmental conservation organization tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) IRS. Contributions are tax-deductible.

 

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Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

 

inquiries@teamorca.org

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action and community education and outreach.

 

Please help support our mission.

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We have collected cutting-edge data, including both the Kilroy and Ecotoxicity programs, and mapped areas that are amenable to restoration.  We have done our due diligence in this regard and are utilizing our data in an effort to reclaim the lagoon through shoreline protection projects.

 

Many factors have influenced the decline in health of the Indian River Lagoon and its tributaries, including shoreline development and nutrient loading. High levels of nutrients entering the lagoon led to large algae blooms in 2016 and 2018 and the development of shorelines has removed natural filters that would have stopped much of those nutrients from entering the surface water.

 

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Connect with ORCA

Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Main Office:
PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

 

inquiries@teamorca.org