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:

  • 2007 brought about major renovations to the Town Hall complex and Public Safety Department which were upgraded with storm shutters, impact glass and emergency generators. The Town utilizes a reverse 9-1-1 emergency alert system. In 2009 the Town amended the local codes to bring them current with the change to the Unified Florida Building Code.
  • The Town participates in the CRS program and currently maintains a Class 6 rating which qualifies residents with a 20% reduction on their flood insurance premiums. Residents receive newsletters containing flooding, disaster preparedness and drainage system maintenance as well as Town updates and news alerts through e-mail and on the Town's website. In addition, literature is available at the Town Building Department and the Indian River County Public Library.
  • In October 2015, the Town Council approved Resolution 15-09 adopting the 2015 Revised Indian River County Unified Local Mitigation Strategy Plan. The Town continues to work closely with Indian River County to ensure compliance with the federal hazard mitigation planning standards.
  • In 2015, the Town successfully obtained a grant through St. Johns River Water Management District's Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program to assist in the purchase and installation of a Nutrient Separating Baffle Box to our existing storm water drainage system located at the intersection of Indian Lane and Seminole Lane. The device is designed to clean up the storm water before it enters the lagoon, allows for improved holding capacity and provides better flow from the storm water drainage system. The project was completed and water testing was done by our Public Works Director showing a dramatic reduction in both nitrogen and phosphorus.
  • Additionally in 2015, work commenced to improve drainage conditions as an effort to eliminate any hazardous ponding in front of the Public Safety Building on Fred Tuerk Drive. The existing inlets that had historically discharged to the existing swale were redirected to the existing FDOT drainage pipe to discharge into the Estuary's permitted retention system south of Fred Tuerk Drive. Permits were obtained by the FDOT from St. Johns River Water Management District for the connection for exemption. After project completion, Nuclear Density reporting was performed on the roadway base and the backfill over the storm drain and passed all testing.
  • The December Town Council meeting brought about more discussion of obtaining bids to hire an engineering firm to create a Master Stormwater Drainage Plan for the Town of Indian River Shores. The stormwater system plan would allow the Town to understand the stormwater systems currently in place. Additionally, with this understanding it will help the Town to develop strategies necessary to meet current regulatory pollution reduction targets as well as identify areas of concern for the lagoon. The general fund proposed budget is $38,500 for the upcoming fiscal year 2016-2017 for the Stormwater System Plan and NPDES Inspections and Reports.
  • The Town Public Works Director continues to work closely with property owners and contractors maintaining the drainage system and swales keeping it free of debris. Staff is assigned to schedule routine cleaning and maintenance of the baffle box installed at Indian/Seminole Lane. Visits to properties are routinely done to assist homeowners with any potential flood problems and prevention. Construction is in full swing within the Town, and staff does routine inspections to open jobsites ensuring contractors are following proper procedure in regards to erosion control and site specific drainage plans.

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:

  • State Stormwater Management Program Coordination, pursuant to Sections 403.061(32) and 403.0891, F.S.
  • State Stormwater Management Program training and certification programs pursuant to Section 403.0896, F.S.
  • State Nonpoint Source Management Program pursuant to Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act. This program brings in about $6 million per year in federal grant funds that are used to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution. NPSM involves development, refinement, and coordinating program implementation which is carried out by various DEP programs along with programs administered by other state agencies, the water management districts and local governments.
  • Coastal Nonpoint Source Management Program pursuant to Section 6217 of the Federal Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments. Coordinate implementation of this program, especially with the Florida Coastal Management Program, which is the state's lead coastal management agency.
  • Clean Lakes Program pursuant to Section 314 of the Federal Clean Water Act. Federal funds are no longer available for this program although the implementation of lake restoration activities may be funded from the Section 319 grant program.
  • The Department’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan & Appendices 2015 (2.65 MB) is now available for download.

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:

  • ACCELERATE REAUTHORIZATION AND FUNDING APPROPRIATIONS for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) with specific funding increases for restoration of the Everglades and other Florida ecosystems, protection from disastrous flood waters (including human-controlled discharges to surface waters), promotion of innovative water remediation technologies, and remediation of our nations aging water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • ACCELERATE APPROPRIATIONS for the 2016 Congressionally reauthorized National Estuary Program through 2021. Expanded funding in the bill should be made available as soon as possible for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and the other 27 National Estuary Programs.
  • CONSIDER a bill similar to the 2016 Florida Legacy Act, which provided a minimum of $200 million in annual funding from Florida's Documentary Stamp Tax revenues for Everglades restoration efforts. In 2017, Florida's Governor and Legislature should consider funding for restoration and continued stewardship of the Indian River Lagoon.
  • INCREASE CONGRESSIONAL FUNDING for harmful algae bloom research and associated public health implications, monitoring, mapping and modeling with increased attention to toxic cyanobacterial blooms, non-toxic brown tide blooms and emerging Harmful Algae Blooms of concern.
  • URGE local communities to identify their impacts to the lagoon and implement solutions. Local community participation and engagement are critical in meeting restoration goals and monitoring requirements.

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:

  • URGE citizens to recognize their individual impact on lagoon water quality and take steps to control pollution sources coming from their homes, businesses, properties and vehicles.
  • REDUCE the amount of fertilizer and harmful chemicals applied to our lawns and gardens.
  • HEED existing fertilizer ordinances in all lagoon counties.
  • PROPERLY DISPOSE of lawn and yard debris, pet waste, household chemicals and pesticides.
  • PROTECT neighborhood storm drains and canals by ensuring that these conveyances are not used as dumping grounds.
  • PREVENT AND REPAIR oil and fuel leaks in automobiles, boats and other vehicles.
  • SUPPORT the activities and management plans already in place that are working to restore and protect the Indian River Lagoon.

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

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