Indian River Lagoon Mapping project:
Thanks to funding from the Indian River Lagoon Council and our partners at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Project H2O is facilitating the integration of technology to enhance partner communication, data sharing, and outreach efforts. Citizens and scientists can utilize the newly developed mapping tool to help prioritize areas of concern for restoration, research, and outreach.
Please explore this online mapping tool that was designed by UCF to collect information from community members, organizations, and citizen scientists in relation to the Indian River Lagoon. By participating, you are helping researchers and policy makers understand a) what motivates an individual to develop a strong sense of place or emotional attachment to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and b) where such motivations occur throughout the IRL. By participating on this mapping site, you acknowledge that your mapping data will be part of the open data domain.
Research Question: What are the key factors that allow individuals in Central Florida to have an emotional attachment or sense of place in the Indian River Lagoon?
Our waters are under constant threat from an increasing population, leading to increased nutrients, pollution and loss of habitat.
Project H2O is working to benefit all of Volusia County waters.
Home to three beautiful springs, Blue Spring, Gemini Springs, and DeLeon Springs, Volusia County is surely a treasure to behold. Unfortunately, these springs are under attack from excess nutrients, and the overuse and removal of spring water.
For more information on Florida’s springs, please visit http://www.floridasprings.org/
The St. Johns River stretches along the western coast of Volusia County as it travels north from the Indian River Lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean. Like so many other water bodies stressed from poor water quality from nutrient inputs and an expanding population, the St. Johns River is no different.
For more information on the St. Johns River, please visit http://www.sjrwmd.com/
Florida has many lakes and ponds that are brimming with life. From the largest species, such as alligators, to birds, fish, turtles and reptiles, our lakes represent thriving inland ecosystems often found in our own backyards. Without shoreline grasses to serve as protection zones for fertilizer runoff, nutrients can move into lakes and invite the growth of algae, which can compromise the health of many aquatic species.
For more information please visit http://www.sjrwmd.com/
Estuaries serve as the nurseries to the ocean. More than 70 percent of all creatures that live in the ocean begin their lives in these bodies of water. Estuaries are typically more protected than the ocean and offer abundant food for growing species. Mother dolphins and manatees can be spotted with their nursing calves in these more shallow water bodies.
For more information please visit http://www.irlcouncil.com/
Our East Coast shoreline is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, which serves as home for animals ranging from the North Atlantic Right Whale, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin and Loggerhead sea turtles to Florida lobsters, horseshoe crabs and jellyfishes. The ocean is home to coral reefs, sargassum beds and an ocean river – the Gulf Stream — which may deliver sea beans and drift seeds from the Caribbean to the shores of Europe.
For more information please visit http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/