The Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded the City grant funding to establish littoral zone vegetation within three existing stormwater ponds. Shoreline plantings provide an important buffer between upland landscapes and waterbodies by taking up excess phosphorus and nitrogen originating from fertilizers, pet waste, and yard debris, as well as other pollutants carried by stormwater runoff.
This project will help provide required nutrient removals regulated by the Indian River Lagoon Basin Management Action Plan. Funding came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program Grant.
Planting native Florida plants and using Florida Friendly landscapes help protect Florida’s unique natural resources by conserving water, reducing waste and pollution, creating wildlife habitat and preventing erosion.