Usually idyllic beaches, waterways and estuaries near the massive, biodiverse ecosystem along central Florida’s Atlantic coast are littered with more than 17,000 dead, rotting fish, polluted water as far as the eye can see.Florida State wildlife officials believe an algae bloom is what’s causing the cobblestone road of dead fish in the Banana and Indian rivers.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, the St. John’s River Water Management District, and even inmates with the Brevard County Jail took park in the clean up efforts.
“We’ve got several boats out here, along with DEP and FWC, seeing if we can make a difference,” said Nick Abrahams, with the SJRWMD.
Even homeowners took action to get results and get the lagoon cleaned up.
“It’s sad,” said resident Alan Bunting. “We were born and raised here we went to Cocoa Beach High School, we’ve been on this canal since 1970, so we just wanted to help and do that all that we can.”
The agency Keep Brevard Beautiful is working with the county to coordinate the clean up efforts. A spokesperson says the clean up will continue through Easter weekend and longer if needed. A spokesperson says they still need people with pick-up trucks that are willing to haul loads to dumpsters and people with boats as well.
If you’d like to help out, go to http://keepbrevardbeautiful.org to learn more.