Relevance of Ongoing Mitigation Efforts to Reduce Indian River Lagoon Water Quality Impairment and Restore Ecosystem Function Under Conditions of a Changing Climate

Randall W. Parkinson
Posted on: 8/30/2023 - Updated on: 12/27/2023

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The Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program has determined the principal factors that have historically degraded water quality and ecosystem function can be mitigated by nine adaptation actions focused on reducing nutrient pollution from surface- and storm-water runoff, on-site sewage treatment systems and waste-water treatment plants. If properly sited and designed, the resiliency of these projects under conditions of climate change will be enhanced, as will the probability they will perform as intended throughout their design life. Analysis of the predominate remediation strategies currently pursued within the IRL watershed suggests their environmental contribution and duration of performance is proportional location, scale, and cost.

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Parkinson, R.W. (2023). Relevance of ongoing mitigation efforts to reduce Indian River Lagoon water quality impairment and restore ecosystem function under conditions of a changing climate. Florida Scientist, 86 (2). Florida Academy of Sciences.

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