Dr. John Trefry Addresses Florida Senate On Muck Impact
By Space Coast Daily // December 11, 2013
Altman asks for $20 million for dredging
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Dr. John Trefry, Florida Institute of Technology professor of marine and environmental systems, made a presentation this morning to the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation on “Sediment Accumulation and Removal in the Indian River Lagoon.”
Senator Thad Altman, who represents District 16 that includes parts of Brevard and Indian River counties, is requesting $20 million for dredging muck from the lagoon. To inform the Committee of the importance of the project, Altman asked Trefry to address the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee about the Indian River Lagoon muck program.
Trefry made his presentation to Senator Dean, chair, and Senator Abruzzo, vice chair and committee members Altman, Bullard, Gardiner, Grimsley, Latvala, Simpson and Soto.
INDIAN RIVER LAGOON RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Trefry brought three large bags of the muck to the meeting to illustrate the challenges and environmental impact of muck in the lagoon.
He also solicited input from Florida Tech faculty, Brevard County, Marine Resources Council, Florida Inland Navigation District, St. Johns Water Management District and others.
Last month, Florida Tech established the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute (IRLRI). The new institute is a collaboration of Florida Tech’s scientists, engineers, coastal resource managers and educators, working independently and with community organizations to improve and sustain the health of the Indian River Lagoon.