Indian Riverkeeper learned that the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) was back pumping water into Lake Okeechobee through the S-2, S-3, and S-4 pump stations located on the lake’s southern shore. Back pumping uses pump stations to push water uphill and into Lake Okeechobee. The water is untreated, so any […]
About Marty Baum
Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum‘s family legacy has been connected with life along the shores of the Indian River Lagoon since his great, great grandfather, Hannibal Dillingham Pierce, arrived near what is now Titusville in 1866. Baum has educated people about the history of pioneer life along Florida’s Atlantic Coast by participating as a re-enactor at seminars and museum functions. He is passionate about the Indian River Lagoon, and is proud to serve as the third Indian Riverkeeper.
Entries by Marty Baum
There are some fine systems available to us. The Ocean Research and Conservation Association in Ft. Pierce have developed the F.A.S.T. and Kilroy programs. Fast Assessment of Sediment Toxicity. The map a mile project in Vero is VERY telling. It paints a visual rendering of the pollution, and its strength. Dr. Edie Widder and her […]
After conversations with Dr. Grant Gilmore at HBOI, and Warren Falls at ORCA, I came away stunned at the scope of the losses, and the lack of public awareness about it, including my own. We have lost 45% of the seagrass meadows in the central and upper IRL, Banana River, and Mosquito lagoon since the […]
The Indian River gives to us all. The estimated annual economic value of the Indian River lagoon is $3,725,900,000. That is a staggering economic impact that affects both the communities and economies from Titusville all the way down to Jupiter. Everyone along Indian River lagoon is directly dependant upon the health and vigor of the […]