Along the east coast of Florida, the bottlenose dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon are dying at an alarming rate. In 2008, 43 dolphins died, and in 2009, 48 dolphins died. Dolphins have been found emaciated and suffering from respiratory failure. Many of them exhibit skin-eating fungal infections, tumors, and brain lesions.
These deaths have been linked to increases in nitrogen and phosphorus levels, both of which are pollutants caused by the overuse of turf fertilizer. Lawn owners, unknowingly, are applying these fertilizers too heavily. Proper application would cause less damage to Florida waterways, while still allowing for healthy lawns. Proper usage will also save lawn owners time and money.
Tell local County Commissioners in Palm Beach County, Indian River County, St. Lucie County, Brevard County,and Volusia County to stop over-fertilization of lawns because it is harming dolphins and other marine life.
Ocean River Institute started this petition with a single signature, and now has 1,775 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.