Save the Dolphins of Indian River Lagoon, Florida
  • Petitioned Florida County Commissioners

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Florida County Commissioners

Save the Dolphins of Indian River Lagoon, Florida

    1. Sponsored by

      Ocean River Institute

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.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Grace U. CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      The dolphins were at that river long before any humans came, rightfully it is theirs, not ours. These harmful fertilizers should be just as against the law as poison is!

      • over 2 years ago

      The destruction of the environment effects all. You can see this around you. All life is Symbiont - and requires "all" life to be for it to continue to be. There is absolutely no separation anywhere!!! Addition of any excessive chemical effects the natural chemical balance that the environment depends on.

    • vibeke hansen RåGELEJE, VEJBY, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      uhh, hvad græplæne gødning kan gøre, uh for delfiner. forbyd dette med store plakater med billeder, sættes op alle vejne, og det må crontry kommissærene forstå- til sidst er der ikke flere øredelfiner og andet havdyr på grund af folks smukke græsplæner-- stop- kæmpe bøde for at bruge dette + prøver af deres jord.

    • stewart loeblich FT LAUDERDALE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man"

      -- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

      Teach your children well... Stephen Stills

      "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it...always."

      Mohandas K. Gandhi

      ???Crosby Stills Nash Young Teach Your Children

    • Jacqueline Pau VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I love dolphins


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