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Seagrass transplant experiment
The Indian River Lagoon license plate
What your purchase means:
how funds are used
Florida drivers may purchase an Indian River Lagoon license plate for an additional amount of $15 per vehicle/trailer at any tag office statewide. Every purchase helps fund projects and education programs throughout the lagoon.
All of the money collected from purchasing the “snook tag” in each lagoon county stays in that county, and is combined with funds from statewide sales for projects in each of the five counties along the lagoon. Other funding sources double the dollars raised from the tag sales. And, no administrative salaries or studies are ever funded by lagoon license plate purchases — 100 percent of the proceeds goes toward restoration and education projects.
Completed projects using tag sale proceeds include the following:
Volunteers have planted mangroves and native cordgrass at five locations within the Canaveral National Seashore in the Mosquito Lagoon to protect the shoreline and provide additional wildlife habitat. Other completed projects include the city of Edgewater’s community stormwater master plan, and the reconnection of impounded wetlands in the Tomoka River to re-establish the vital link between the river and the wetlands that had been cut-off decades ago for mosquito control.
Installation of sediment traps (baffle boxes) in Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Satellite Beach and many other cities has reduced the amount of trash and debris washing into the lagoon from streets, parking lots and residential neighborhoods. Construction of stormwater treatment ponds in Merritt Island, Palm Bay, and Rockledge is under way to reduce pollution from urbanized areas and to improve water quality in the lagoon.
Indian River County
Construction of agricultural best management practices in many citrus groves is reducing the quantity and improving the quality of freshwater discharges to the lagoon from the county’s many drainage canals. Funding was made available to restore and protect Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, treat invasive exotic plants, and construct stormwater detention ponds in Gifford and Roseland.
St. Lucie County
Water quality improvements have been made to more than 500 acres of mangrove wetland habitat by restoring the historic tidal connection between these wetlands and the lagoon. Public awareness of and access to the lagoon have been improved through the addition of educational signage and construction of a pier at Vitolo Family Park.
License plate purchases have funded the removal and replacement of invasive exotic plants with native vegetation to improve nesting habitat on Bird Island, the only site in Martin County where the endangered wood stork is known to nest. Twenty-six other bird species are also known to use Bird Island, including 15 species that use it for nesting.