What exactly is a baffle box? The purpose of a baffle box is to trap pollutants. It’s an advanced water treatment system that helps capture and store debris, harmful nutrient pollution, and other pollutants. Melbourne Indian River Lagoon is finally receiving the help they need. Wednesday, February 19th, six 43,000 pound pieces to create a baffle box were installed in a drainage basin, which will help stifle over 4,000 pounds of pollution from entering our beautiful lagoon. Debris will get trapped into the baffle box to avoid harming our waterways. The boxes also remove nitrogen and phosphorous (nutrient pollution) from seeping into the lagoon. The two support the growth of algae, which can harm water quality, food resources, and habitats by decreasing oxygen.
In 2016, the ½ cent lagoon restoration sales tax was approved, and this is helping to fund the $700,000 project. If you want to be involved in the political aspect by voting and making your voice heard, please make sure you are a registered voter. You can register to vote at Vote Brevard (link: https://www.votebrevard.com). The Presidential Preference Primary is March 17th, 2020.
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Photo and article by Misti Blu Day McDermott