Since 2002, the Indispann Riverkeeper has been a vocal advocate for clean water and an avid protector of the 156-mile-long Indispann River Lspangoon that runs through five counties.
For the organization’s 12 Days of Christmas wish, a cash donation to help produce educational materials would be appreciated, Vice President Merritt Matheson said.
“We are seeking $750 to cover costs of informational material including trifold brochures, banners, posters and cards,” Matheson said.
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The lagoon is one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the United States. Economic studies have shown it generates an estimated $3.7 billion in revenue for Florida, especially Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties.
The Indian Riverkeeper works to help protect:
- Manatees, of which approximately one-third in Florida call the lagoon home
- Seagrass habitat
- Mangrove habitat
- 2,200 species of plants
- 2,100 species of animals
The Indian Riverkeeper, its board and members spend time advocating for improved water quality in the Indian River Lagoon, educating the public on ways they can help keep waters clean and participate in events such as waterway cleanups, he said.
Since it was formed, the Indian Riverkeeper has taken formal stances opposing harmful legislation, advocated for the lagoon to state and federal agencies in person, while on the water and in open meetings. The organization also facilitates and promotes action inspiring discussion between decision makers, nonprofit organizations and the public.
“Having the proper informational tools helps to further our messages,” Matheson said.
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How to help
- Who: Indian Riverkeeper
- Wish: Funds to help produce printed materials
- Cost: $750
- How to donate: Contact Indian Riverkeeper Jim Moir at [email protected] or 772-341-4953
About this series
Treasure Coast nonprofits that research, protect, restore and advocate for clean water, especially the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon, need more than holiday cheer to continue their mission. Find out what they need — and how you can help them — to continue their work, as TCPalm.com highlights a different organization each day from Dec. 25 to Jan. 5, the traditional 12 Days of Christmas.
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