Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

Overview

The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program is a partnership whose members work to improve the water quality and ecological integrity of the 156-mile-long estuary on Florida’s east coast. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the lagoon as “an estuary of national significance” in April 1990 and included the lagoon in the National Estuary Program. The St. Johns River and South Florida water management districts, the five counties that border the lagoon — Brevard, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Volusia — and representatives of state, federal and regional governments and agencies make up the Indian River Lagoon Advisory Board, charged with guiding and overseeing the lagoon’s protection and restoration. The lagoon program is sponsored by the St. Johns District and is housed at the District’s Palm Bay Service Center.