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Council Recognizes Eagle Scouts for Their Work to Help Restore the Indian River Lagoon

Post Date:12/12/2018 1:32 PM

During the December 11, 2018, City Council Meeting, Eagle Scouts from Boy Scouts of America Troop 772 were presented with Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their valuable contribution to the City of Melbourne’s stormwater pollution prevention program.

The Eagle Scouts placed markers on 230 storm drains in several neighborhoods along both sides of North Wickham Road. They also distributed educational literature to explain the project and remind residents that anything that goes into a storm drain will ultimately reach the Indian River Lagoon. 

The largest source of stormwater pollution in Melbourne comes from the trash and toxins that wash into storm drains. The most common pollutants are fast food wrappers, cigarette butts, Styrofoam cups, used motor oil, anti-freeze, fertilizer, pesticides, sewage overflow and pet waste.

Everyone can play a role in the effort to help clean up the lagoon: 

  • Keep grass clippings and yard debris out of the curb, roadway, and away from inlets/storm drains.
  • Pick up after your pet, even in your own yard.
  • Never dump chemicals or wash off paint brushes in your driveway, street or near storm drains.
  • Drive your car onto your lawn before washing. This prevents the dirty soapy water from going into the storm drains. Or use a commercial car wash station that recycles its water to trap dirt.

For more information or to report pollution, call the Stormwater Hotline: (321) 608-7341.

City Engineer Jenni Lamb and Mayor Kathy Meehan with two Eagle Scouts after presentation of certificates of appreciation on December 11.

City Engineer Jenni Lamb (left) and Mayor Kathy Meehan presented Certificates of Appreciation to Eagle Scout members of Troop 772 during the December 11, 2018, City Council Meeting.

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