On Saturday, Sept. 28, thousands of people joined hands along seven of Florida’s East Coast causeways for National Estuaries Day. They were participating in Hands Across the Lagoon, an event meant to create awareness about the declining health of the Indian River Lagoon and its effect on marine life.
Participants stood along bridges in New Smyrna Beach, Titusville, Melbourne, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, and Stuart. Kayakers in Merritt Island also joined in with their own Kayaks Across the Lagoon event.
Hands Across the Lagoon began in 1989. However, scientists say bringing attention to the nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in the Indian River Lagoon is of pressing importance this year in light of the recent deaths of 110 manatees, 69 dolphins, and as many as 300 brown pelicans, according to an article from Florida Today.
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