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1 Developed by the Ocean Research & Conservation Association The world s first technology-based aquatic conservation organization

2 A Special Place Because of its unique geographical location, bordering the temperate and subtropical zones, the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in North America and home to over 2100 species of plants and over 2200 species of animals. It provides habitat for the most diverse bird population anywhere in America and nearly one third of the nation s manatees live or migrate through the lagoon annually. It also serves as the spawning grounds for over 700 species of ocean and lagoon fish and shellfish populations. Ocean species of fish that spawn and mature in the Indian River La- Photo by Alison Divan goon range as far north as the Chesapeake Bay. The beaches adjacent to the lagoon are one of the densest sea turtle nesting areas found in the Western Hemisphere. All these species depend on a healthy lagoon for their existence.

3 We have arrived at the tipping point for the Indian River Lagoon. Pushed any further and it will collapse into an algaedominated, pollution-laden system that is unhealthy for fish, dolphins and humans alike." ~ Dr. Edie Widder With no significant industry to blame, the documented decline of the Indian River Lagoon can be traced primarily to non point source pollution. Storm water runoff, sewage spills, leaky septic tanks, fertilizers and pesticides are just a few of the suspected sources of pollution. Present day efforts to identify sources of pollution rely predominately on hand sampling that only provides a snapshot of the area sampled. This information is then distributed to the public in formats that are often difficult for nonscientists to understand. The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) is working to change the way information is obtained and presented. Mapping pollution is the best way for us to understand all of the attacks on our diverse water habitats so we can find the right solution for each environmental challenge. By using science-based technologies, that ORCA has developed to identify pollutants, they can be controlled or eliminated and nature can be restored. The good news is most ecosystems can heal themselves, but we must first know for certain what is causing the damage.

4 With Science, ORCA Can Make a Difference! Our goal is to revolutionize how scientists interact with communities and policy makers to reverse the frightening trend of water quality degradation as well as the general collapse of the aquatic ecosystems that surround us. As the world s first technology-based aquatic conservation organization, ORCA has developed a number of innovative tools to bring hi-tech to conservation and wire the waters providing visual data to stakeholders in easily understood water pollution gradient maps displayed on Google based maps. Two of our innovations are FAST and Kilroy. FAST (Fast Assessment of Sediment Toxicity) Our broad spectrum bioassay, FAST, allows us to map toxic buildups in sediments of lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries and coastal oceans. The photo to the right shows a pollution gradient map of Central Vero Beach showing total nitrogen with red most and blue least concentrated. High nitrogen leads to algae blooms, murky water and plummeting fish populations that we are seeing throughout the Indian River Lagoon. WE DON T INTEND TO SIMPLY OBSERVE WHAT S HAPPENING. OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE POLLUTION VISI- BLE FOR ALL TO SEE...AND FIX! Kilroy (A low-cost wireless water monitoring device with a flexible array of sensors) Kilroy supplies real-time data via cellular communications, providing the means to map water movement that tracks pollution to its source. The photo to the left shows ORCA s Kilroys, which have the ability to control water samplers that are event-triggered, for example, in response to a rain storm or a turbidity front. When the sample is taken, Kilroy can notify the user by calling their cell phone.

5 Our Simple 3 Step Plan 1. Using FAST, we will find water pollution sinks, or the places where pollution has accumulated in sediments. 2. Using Kilroy, we will track water flow patterns around these pollution sinks to determine where the pollutant originated. 3. Finally, we will identify pollution and create color gradient maps to easily identify pollution hot spots. We will also help communities address issues through education, outreach and land use management programs. Our Goals for the Campaign for a Clean Indian River Lagoon With FAST (the assessment of sediment toxicity), ORCA will create a pollution map of the entire 156 miles of the Indian River Lagoon so we can identify the accumulation of pollutants at every site. We will install 50 Kilroy water monitoring devices in the lagoon so we can track water flow patterns carrying pollution to the sinks. ORCA's science based technologies will identify pollutants, determine their source, and educate stakeholders, governments, lawmakers and citizens so the sources can be corrected or eliminated and nature can be restored. We seek to raise $6 million* for the Campaign for a Clean Indian River Lagoon with the promise to bring real, measurable change to our waterways. *Using the FAST system to map 3 square miles of the lagoon will cost $100,000. Each Kilroy equipped with a full array of sensors costs $23,000. ORCA has developed a map for each of the four counties along the Indian River Lagoon and has identified areas we plan to target first. The map also shows recommended locations for Kilroy monitoring. Actual locations will be based on available mounting structures.

6 Creating the future we want... The Kilroy Circle The only way we can achieve a clean Indian River Lagoon, filled with abundant and healthy wildlife, is with your help. ORCA's first major fundraising campaign, which endeavors to raise $6 million over the next three years will allow us to undertake the much needed cause for a clean Indian River Lagoon. Joining the Kilroy Circle involves making a donation ranging from $1,000 to $1,000,000. Donors can utilize a payment plan, which can be paid over three years. Donors at all levels will have their names permanently associated with ORCA's cleanup efforts through all of the Kilroy Circle recognition options. Our objective is that fundraising efforts will be supported by each of the four counties that benefit from the lagoon, Martin, Saint Lucie, Indian River and Brevard. Our goal is to raise $1.5 million from each county. Please consider joining us today.

7 The diversity of the lagoon draws millions of tourists, boaters and fishermen annually, which brings in billions of dollars to Florida. A 2008 economic study estimated that the Indian River Lagoon provides an annual benefit of $3.7 billion to residents and visitors (primarily related to recreational use) and over $47 billion to property values. Photo by Alison Divan

8 What a way to be remembered: You helped keep the Indian River Lagoon alive. OCEAN RESEARCH & CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION Duerr Laboratory for Marine Conservation 1420 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce, FL Phone Fax

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