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National Estuaries Day Celebration

Marine Resources Council

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

National Estuaries Day Celebration

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The Marine Resources Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and asks attendees to please donate to help fuel their vital work to protect and improve our IRL estuary of national significance. Thank you for your consideration!
Sep 14, 2019 Enter donation ($)
Adopt a Mangrove   more info Sep 14, 2019 $12.00 $1.63
Mangroves Matter Shirt   more info Sep 14, 2019 $25.00 $2.28
$55 Build A Rain Barrel Ticket   more info Sep 14, 2019 $55.00 $3.80
Free General Admission
General admission good for all day pass 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Arrive early for a good seat.)
Sep 14, 2019 Free $0.00
I Want to Volunteer at this Event   more info Sep 14, 2019 Free $0.00
Melbourne Causeway Cleanup Sat. Sept. 21   more info Sep 14, 2019 Free $0.00
Pineda Causeway Cleanup Sat. Sept. 21   more info Sep 14, 2019 Free $0.00
$300 Event Sponsorship   more info Sep 14, 2019 $300.00 $16.20
$600 Event Sponsorship   more info Sep 14, 2019 $600.00 $31.38
$1000 Event Sponsorship   more info Sep 14, 2019 $1,000.00 $48.49

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National Estuaries Day is a nationwide celebration of our bays and estuaries and the many benefits they provide to local communities. Each year, the Marine Resources Council creates and promotes estuary awareness through this educational and social event. This year we are pleased to partner with the IRL National Estuaries Program, The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter, Act 2 Technologies, & the Tampa Bay Estuary Program in celebration of our coastal community and waterways. 

Event Schedule:

  • 11 a.m. - Luncheon Meet & Greet Social Hour: food service is available until 1 p.m. featuring good old-fashioned burgers, sausage, hot dogs, veggie burgers, & chefs choice of healthy side. (Food and beverage service is available a la carte and is not included in registration.) 


  • 12:15 p.m. -  Dr. Duane E. DeFreese, Ph.D., Executive Director of the IRL Council & IRL National Estuary Program
  • 12:40 p.m. - Anne Birch, Marine Conservation Manager, The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter 
  • 1:05 p.m. - Craig Tafoya, Act 2 Technologies: Cleaning Surface Water to Replenish State Aquifers
  • 1:30 p.m. - Ed SherwoodExecutive Director Tampa Bay Estuary Program: Tampa Bay's Success and Lessons Learned
  • 1:55 p.m. -  Speakers Panel Open Forum: Focusing on audience participation, facilitating questions and concerns, as well as the opportunity to present ideas of potential problems and solutions for our coastal waterways


  • Artisan Rain Barrel Silent Auction Concludes After Panel Discussion (To contribute to the auction please email Steve at


  • Demonstration of Act 2 Technologies Mobile Water Treatment Facilities (TBD)

More Information

Marine Resources Council is pleased to present an esteemed panel of experts, to speak about research, technology, restoration, policy, and the importance of estuaries and coastal protection. The presentations will conclude with an open forum panel focusing on audience participation, facilitating questions and concerns, as well as the opportunity to present ideas of potential problems and solutions for our coastal waterways.  We hope you will join us to celebrate and learn about the importance of our estuaries and how they benefit our daily lives.


The goals of National Estuaries Day include:

  1. To create broad public awareness and support for our nation’s estuaries and coasts
  2. To encourage active engagement and participation with local estuaries through volunteer and educational events
  3. To communicate the value and importance of our estuaries and coasts to key decision makers at the local and federal levels

We Heart Rain Barrels! One rain barrel used properly can reduce over 50,000 gallons of polluted storm water from entering our lagoon! Do your part, help save our estuary of national significance by installing a rain barrel at your house or business! Sign up today! (*The City of Melbourne is offering a $50 rain barrel rebate for its residents at  


Mangroves Matter! Show your support with this limited edition MRC Mangroves Matter silver color, Dri-FIT, high-performance, polyester, moisture wicking, lightweight, and comfortable shirt. Proceeds support MRC’s efforts to protect and improve the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon.


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Event Location: MRC's Ted Moorhead Lagoon House at 3275 Dixie Hwy NE Palm Bay, Florida, FL 32905


Special Thanks

Clark Giangarra, Indian River Lagoon Wildlife Tours, presenting partners, volunteers, board, staff, attendees, and all participants involved in making this event another win for our coastal community. 


For more information on National Estuaries Day please visit, or call 321-725-7775. For vending booth space, sponsorship, silent auction and raffle submissions, or musician submissions please contact Steve at


*Event details are subject to change without notice. 


Want To Help More? Join MRC for International Coastal Cleanup.



The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The Marine Resources Council in collaboration with Keep Brevard Beautiful, the Ocean Conservancy, & Old School Pizza cordially invites you to join us for this year's cleanup.

MRC Cleanup Site 1: Cleanup will take place along the shores of the 192 Melbourne Causeway and Kiwanis Park at Geiger Point. 

MRC Cleanup Site 2: Cleanup will take place along the shores of the Pineda Causeway & POW / MIA Park (formerly Pineda Landing Park). 

Please Register & RSVP! The supplies for this event are allocated for each site based on these registrations.

Have questions about National Estuaries Day Celebration? Contact Marine Resources Council
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MRC Lagoon Learning Center
3275 Dixie Highway Northeast
Palm Bay, FL 32905

Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Marine Resources Council

The Marine Resources Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose purpose is to maintain and enhance the quality of marine systems for the economic, recreational, aesthetic, and environmental use of the people of Florida. MRC is leading the charge to save the Indian River Lagoon with scientific-based advocacy, education, and community engagement.


MRC supporters continue to monitor the water, restore habitats, and educate the community on issues and best practices for minimum impact to water quality. MRC continues to influence legislative activity in Tallahassee and locally, to encourage funding and policies to restore and revitalize the Lagoon’s health and beauty.


Together we can bring the Indian River Lagoon back to a healthy, productive system!  Thank you for contributing!


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