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COMMUNITY RATING SYSTEM FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT PLAN
PROGRESS REPORT

September 1, 2016

Town of Indian River Shores, Florida.
NF1P NUMBER- 120121

1. Name of the CRS Floodplain Management Plan (LMS or other):

Indian River County Unified Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS)

2. Date adopted:

October 22, 2015 (Current)

3. Location where copies are made available for review:

Indian River County Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners' Office 1801 27th Street Bldg A, Rm. 801 Executive Offices Vero Beach, FL 32960

4. Summarize any floods that occurred during the year (if any):

No substantial flooding within the Town. Work was done to eliminate historical ponding in front of the Public Safety Building on Fred Tuerk Drive. The issue has been resolved.

5. What impact did the floods have on the repetitive loss area:

None

6. List each element of the original plan and note how much was accomplished during the previous
year:

7. Were any objectives not reached or is implementation behind schedule? If so, state why:

Master Stormwater Drainage Plan for the Town has been approved for the new fiscal year budget and will begin early stages of the process with mapping and inspections on every outflow within Town limits.

8. Should new projects be started or should any of the recommendations or objectives be revised:

The Town of Indian River Shores has no new objectives or recommendations for the Indian River County LMS.

9. Progress Report discussed and/or made available at a public meeting (attach copy of the
minutes as documentation).

The progress report was presented to the Town Council in their packets for the September 22, 2016 meeting and copies of this report were made available to the public and media.

For more information contact:
Liz Mahon, CRS Coordinator
Town of Indian River Shores 6001 North A1A Indian River Shores, FL 32963 772-231-4453

Nonpoint Source Management Program

The Nonpoint Source Management Program (NPSM) is responsible for the implementation of the State of Florida's nonpoint source management programs. These programs are implemented cooperatively by the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's water management districts, other state agencies (i.e., Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of Health), local governments, and by the public. The goal of these programs is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from land use activities.

The Nonpoint Source Management Program administers the following programs:

IRL Council Position Statement on Restoration of the Indian River Lagoon

The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is an Estuary of National Significance. It is also one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the continental United States. The lagoon's ecological, economic and quality-of-life benefits define and sustain the communities and health of citizens who live, work and play along its shores and in its waters. Extending 156 miles and representing more than 30% of Florida's east coast, the entire Indian River Lagoon is under siege from a variety of human-induced and natural stressors that threaten its health, economic value and future. The IRL Council believes recurring algae blooms and wildlife mortality events, coupled with destructive freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee that impact estuary health in the southern lagoon, all point to one conclusion: a proactive ecosystem management strategy that incorporates leadership, vision, investment and action is urgently needed to protect the Indian River Lagoon's resource assets today and for future generations.

THE TIME FOR LEADERSHIP AND COMPREHENSIVE RESTORATION OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON IS NOW. The IRL Council pledges our individual and collective effort to leverage the science-driven, consensus-building capacity of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program to:

REMOVE accumulations of high-nutrient muck deposits from the lagoon bottom, human-induced restrictions to water flow, and other significant ecosystem stressors. End seasonal high-volume freshwater discharges from the Central and South Florida water management systems, and other water control districts, by providing adequate water storage, treatments and conveyances.

REDUCE freshwater, pollutant and nutrient inputs to the lagoon and its tributaries from all sources, with focused efforts on water quality impacts from fertilizers, wastewater treatment facilities, septic systems, stormwater conveyances and other factors that contribute to harmful algae blooms.

RESTORE water quality and the diversity of biological habitats and species that have been lost or diminished, including filter feeders, seagrasses, living shorelines, wetlands and filter marshes. The implementation of Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects is an essential precursor to successful lagoon restoration and revival in Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

REBUILD ecological resiliency of the Indian River Lagoon and sustain its economic and quality-of-life values by taking immediate actions to align with a long-horizon approach that combines: 1. Science driven decisions; 2. Community leadership and compelling stakeholder engagement; 3. Direct and immediate investment in restoration and stewardship programs at local, state and federal levels; and 4. Monitoring, mapping, modeling and applied research to determine ecosystem status, trends, restoration project performance and emerging risks and opportunities.

RESPOND to changing conditions, technologies, and new information with the best available science, comprehensive monitoring, responsible investment, and adaptive management strategies.

WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE for the stewardship of the Indian River Lagoon and the health of Florida's
surface and ground waters. We recognize these waters are connected both physically and functionally. A lagoon-wide commitment to clean water is urgently needed. The watershed decisions we make today will determine the environmental and economic future of the Indian River Lagoon and Florida.
WE ARE ALL THE SOLUTION.

INCREASED, ACCELERATED AND RECURRING FUNDING IS URGENTLY NEEDED from local, state and federal levels to implement much-needed, transformational restoration projects and remediation actions that have a high estimated return on investment value from a healthy Indian River Lagoon. Immediate actions for this multi-billion dollar effort include:

IT'S TIME TO RESTORE AND PROTECT OUR NATIONAL TREASURE, THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON. With the full participation of individuals, comprehensive Indian River Lagoon restoration will be achieved. These actions can begin immediately:

The IRL Council stands ready to work with citizens, scientists, policy makers and our local, state and national partners to ensure that the Indian River Lagoon's environmental, economic, public health, and
quality of life assets are restored and protected today and for future generations.

One Lagoon – One Community – One Voice

IRL Council
1235 Main Street
Sebastian, FL 32958
(772) 742-2858
irlcouncil.com