Volunteers Wanted For Indian River Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee
By Space Coast Daily // September 17, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department (NRM) is seeking citizens with specific expertise and experience to represent the interests of Brevard residents by voluntarily serving on a new Citizen Oversight Committee for the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan (SOIRLPP).
Appointed members and their alternates will provide public oversight and transparency for annual reviews and updates of the SOIRLPP to ensure implementation of the best, most timely and cost-effective means and methods for restoring the Indian River Lagoon.
Members will oversee progress and make recommendations to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on spending an estimated $303 million from sales tax revenue over a ten year period to Reduce pollution sources to the lagoon; Remove legacy pollution from the lagoon bottom; Restore natural systems within the lagoon; and Respond to new information by recommending annual amendments to the SOIRLPP.
Committee responsibilities include evaluating data to measure progress towards plan implementation and lagoon health, reviewing technology and alternative project proposals for reducing pollutants and improving water quality, assessing the cost-effectiveness of the projects, and recommending plan revisions accordingly.
The Committee will meet several times annually as needed to review progress reports, proposed revisions, and seek consensus on recommendations.
The Committee will advise the BOCC on proposed revisions and/or updates to the SOIRLPP.
A copy of the SOIRLPP, Referendum Ordinance, and Citizen Oversight Committee application may be obtained from the Natural Resources Management Department website at http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/Home.
Applicants must commit to serving the public interest by providing stewardship over the SOIRLPP and must demonstrate expertise and experience in one or more of the following fields: science, technology, economics/finance, real estate, education/outreach, tourism, or lagoon advocacy.
Knowledge of the lagoon’s water quality issues and major sources of pollution affecting lagoon health are highly desirable.
Basic requirements include:
Education and experience in one or more of the specified fields;
Community or public service and residence in Brevard County; and
Willingness to serve a two-year term and participate in committee meetings, as needed.
To apply, submit an application, resume, and at least one letter of recommendation to NRM by Oct. 1, 2016. Call 321-633-2016 or email Marie.Winkler@brevardfl.gov for an application.