Throughout my lifetime and during my tenure
on the Indian River Board of County Commissioners, communication has always been the key to my success. With citizens, with County workers, with the committees and Boards I participate in. When true communication happens everything has more of an opportunity ...

Indian River Lagoon

Joe Flescher and his four fellow County Commissioners have also sought to put as many resources as possible into action as he tries to do his best to get our most important Indian River County eco-system, our Indian River Lagoon, back on the ROAD TO RECOVERY.

Joe Flescher has taken a HANDS-ON approach to helping rid our Indian River Lagoon of unwanted pollutants with the adoption of the Oyster Reef Project spearheaded by Charlie Sembler & Chip Swindell. This project which began with the Spoonbill Marsh area of the lagoon is showing tremendous results through helping Mother Nature take care of cleansing her own habitat in a natural way.

Joe explains, "We have several projects that are in varying stages of design, planning, permitting and implementation." Joe Flescher will continue to support any feasible project that will help return our Indian River Lagoon to the healthy state we all deserve.

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*- Spoonbill Marsh

- Total Nitrogen Removed - 14,864.19 Pounds

- Total Phosphorous Removed - 2,597.6 Pounds

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*- Osprey Marsh

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- Total Nitrogen Removed - 10,814.8 Pounds

- Total Phosphorous Removed - 2,233.5 Pounds

*- Nutrient Reduction

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- Nutrient loading reduction to local waterways and the Indian River Lagoon through wetland
management facilities using natural processes to reduce Nitrogen and Phosphorus

- FY 2015/16 Total Removal

* Nitrogen - 23.34 Tons

* Phosphorus - 4.73 Tons

- Spoonbill Marsh

- Egret Marsh

- PC Main - Removal of Vegetation shown above

- Osprey Marsh

* Completed 2014

* Algae production Early 2015

Lagoon Progress from 2011 through 2014:

*- INDIAN RIVER LAGOON Priorities

- Actively Involved in Improving Health of Our Lagoon

- Hosted Symposium of experts and interested persons to assist in the
dialogue to identify needs

- Working closely with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

- Participating in Indian River Lagoon Counties Coalition

- Kilroy units being put in place to analyze nutrient levels

- ALL Canals Lead to The Lagoon initiative

*- Spoonbill Marsh

- Treatment of Lagoon water and reverse osmosis concentrate before
entering Lagoon by removing nutrients (Nitrogen & Phosphorus)

- Found to be more effective than costlier Deep Well Projects

- Planted Oyster Beds as a part of the process

- Ideal conditions have created large Oyster colonies

*- Egret Marsh Regional Stormwater Park

- Bio-fuel Clean-up and Algae Farm

- Removes nutrients from Main Relief Canal prior to going into lagoon
(Nitrogen & Phosphorus)

- Processes 10 Million Gallons of Water per day

- Harvested Algae can be used as soil supplement

- Harvested Algae being scientifically studied as an alternate fuel source
(bio-fuels/methane gas)

*- Pollution Control (PC) Main Structure

- Screening Facility on Main Relief Canal

- Removes vegetation materials and other pollutants that otherwise would
enter the lagoon

*- Osprey Marsh Facility

- Bio-fuel Clean-up and Algae Farm

- Removes nutrients from South Relief Canal prior to going into lagoon
(Nitrogen & Phosphorus)

- Processes 11.7 Million Gallons of Water per day

- Harvested Algae can be used as soil supplement

- Harvested Algae being scientifically studied as an alternate fuel source
(bio-fuels/methane gas)

- Provides South County RO Concentrate Disposal Treatment, Nutrient
Removal and Nutrient Credit

- Project Under Construction (Originally referred to as PC South Nutrient
Recovery Facility)

*- Grand Harbor North Project

- Under Conceptual Design Phase

- Storm water Treatment System

- Design of Wetlands area that will serve to remove nitrogen and
phosphorus and clean storm water pumped from the North Relief Canal
and FDOT ditch before it reaches the Indian River Lagoon