RESTORATIVE EFFORTS

ORCA is in a unique position to manage restoration projects in the IRL.

 

After 10 years of developing and standardizing novel engineering and scientific methods to assess and monitor the health of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), ORCA is now entering the realm of habitat restoration and shoreline reclamation.

We have collected cutting-edge data, including both the Kilroy and Ecotoxicity programs, and mapped areas that are amenable to restoration. We believe we have done our due diligence in this regard and are now prepared to utilize our data in an effort to reclaim the lagoon.

 

Solution-Based Projects: Habitat Restoration

The focus of ORCA’s habitat restoration program is the construction of living shorelines. Living shorelines are shoreline protection projects that provide habitat for plants and animals, stabilize shorelines and improve water quality. Living shorelines usually include the construction of a hard structure or breakwater made from rock or bagged shell and the planting of native vegetation along intertidal shorelines. The breakwaters play an important role in living shorelines as they help with erosional issues, slow the intrusion of muck and storm water and provide essential hard surface for a variety of sheltered and attached organisms. The inclusion of needed habitat as part of IRL restoration is well documented.

As part of our restoration efforts, ORCA has developed a restoration nursery at our facility along the Fort Pierce Inlet. Highlighting an emphasis on IRL biodiversity, efforts are being made to propagate native vegetation that is less abundant in the IRL as compared to years past. Entering into its second year, the nursery includes 14 native coastal species and nearly 1,500 individual plants.

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The continued growth of our living shorelines program is a top priority for ORCA. For the last decade ORCA has collected some of the most in-depth and usable data on the IRL. It has been our vision since our inception to find ways to use this information to help the Lagoon moving forward. Our living shoreline program is the culmination of this vision. Habitat restoration is a perfect fit for the ORCA team and we have planned our future to include this entity as a major part of our future work.

 

ORCA has a strong commitment to education and fervent belief that science is best learned by doing. To learn more about our partnership with area schools for the education component of our habitat restoration work, visit our Living Lagoon page.

 

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Duerr Laboratory for Marine Conservation

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Fort Pierce, FL 34949

 

P: 772.467.1600     F: 772.467.1602

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action.

 

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Duerr Laboratory for Marine Conservation

1420 Seaway Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34949

 

P: 772.467.1600     F: 772.467.1602

 

inquiries@teamorca.org

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action.

 

Please help support our mission.

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We have collected cutting-edge data, including both the Kilroy and Ecotoxicity programs, and mapped areas that are amenable to restoration. We believe we have done our due diligence in this regard and are now prepared to utilize our data in an effort to reclaim the lagoon.

 

Solution-Based Projects: Habitat Restoration

The focus of ORCA’s habitat restoration program is the construction of living shorelines. Living shorelines are shoreline protection projects that provide habitat for plants and animals, stabilize shorelines and improve water quality. Living shorelines usually include the construction of a hard structure or breakwater made from rock or bagged shell and the planting of native vegetation along intertidal shorelines. The breakwaters play an important role in living shorelines as they help with erosional issues, slow the intrusion of muck and storm water and provide essential hard surface for a variety of sheltered and attached organisms. The inclusion of needed habitat as part of IRL restoration is well documented.

14

1,500

Connect with ORCA

Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Duerr Laboratory for Marine Conservation

1420 Seaway Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34949

 

P: 772.467.1600

F: 772.467.1602

 

inquiries@teamorca.org