Environment and Science

The words “Indian River Lagoon” used to conjure images of serene waters, frolicking dolphins and wide-smiled anglers boasting their latest catch. Today, residents of Brevard and Indian River County may instead recall news coverage of sedimentary muck, algal blooms and massive fish kills. One of the many ways Florida Institute of Technology serves its community is through actionable environmental research—science that makes a difference. Faculty scientists and engineers at Florida Tech formed the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI) to help bring back some of the lagoon’s natural defenses and restore the estuary’s health.

Nikole Heath

Let Joe Bartoszek, Master Dive Instructor, debunk some of the negative rap given these beautiful creatures and share his favorite first-hand anecdotes of the deep!

Saturday, August 20 at 1 PM

Brevard County Barrier Island Center
8385 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951

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The main goal at The Wireless Alliance is to keep cell phones out of our landfills. Cell phones contain lead, arsenic, beryllium and other hazardous toxins that leach into our environment through our landfills. One cell phone, if thrown away, can pollute 40,000 gallons of ground water.
The cell phones collected from this program are either refurbished and reused or smelted for metals and plastics at an EPA regulated facility that is ISO 14001 certified.

Florida Institute of Technology’s Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI) will convene its first annual Technical Conference on Solutions to Emergent Water Quality Issues Sept. 25-26 at the university’s Center for Aeronautics and Innovation, 1050 W. NASA Blvd. in Melbourne.

Are you interested in teaching guests and students about the East Central Florida environment and Enchanted Forest Sanctuary? The Environmentally Endangered Lands staff will be hosting two Guide Training classes—the first for Sanctuary Guides, and the second for Study Trip Guides.
On Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. – noon, training focuses on giving a general hike to guests of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. This will include basic animal and plant ID, safety, interpretive tips, and more.
On Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m.