Indian River Lagoon Consensus Management, Florida

by Diane D. Barile, Florida Inst of Technology, Melbourne, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Management of Coastal Lagoons and Enclosed Bays


The Indian River Lagoon, Florida is a bar-built estuarine system extending along forty percent of Florida's Atlantic coast. While one of the earliest mapped features in North America, research or management of the system began in the 1970s with the development of the American Space Program at Cape Kennedy. The Indian River Lagoon Initiative is described as a grass roots citizens' effort to reduce pollution, enhance the biological system and provide for intergovernment coordination in the multi-jurisdictional region. The chronology, initial development and institutionalization are presented with an evaluation of program results.

Subject Headings: Lagoons | Water pollution | Rivers and streams | Coastal management | Estuaries | Systems management | Vegetation | Biological processes | Florida | United States | North America

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