Sea grass beds and dolphins are suffering and dying from nitrogen-polluted waters in Indian River Lagoon. Nitrogen from fertilizer runoff fueled a super algae bloom in 2012, resulting in a massive die-off of sea grasses. In the northern part of the Lagoon, there was an 87% loss of sea grass and in the southern area there was a 44% loss.
Nitrogen is causing even more problems for dolphins. More than 50 percent of Lagoon dolphins are ill and they’re living half as long as their open-ocean kin. Nitrogen pollution is making them more vulnerable to diseases. It’s also poisoning them with methyl mercury, which is created when the nitrates from fertilizers bond with mercury in the soil. Methyl mercury bio-accumulates up the food chain until it reaches dolphins.
We need your support to build a broader coalition of people calling for these ordinances to clean the water. In particular we are looking for more Floridians to convince their decision-makers. Building our grassroot network costs about $5 per person. Each new person brings us closer to cleaner waters and to restoring healthy dolphins.
Give $10 today to Stop Nitrogen-caused Super Blooms.
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