Brian Mast, Bill Posey Team Up for Caucus to Clean Up Indian River Lagoon
Two Florida congressmen are teaming up to form a new Congressional caucus focused on the Sunshine State's very own Indian River Lagoon.
U.S. Reps. Brian Mast and Bill Posey have joined forces to create the new Congressional Estuary Caucus, which will focus on keeping clean water on the Treasure Coast.
“Our waterways are central to the quality of life and the economy on the Treasure Coast. Keeping our water clean is an issue that transcends party lines—it affects all of our families,” Mast said. “I’ve committed to work with members of both parties to keep our water clean, and this caucus will provide an essential bipartisan forum to protect the Indian River Lagoon.”
A total of 23 congressmen have joined the caucus so far.
The 156 mile long Indian River Lagoon stretches through five counties on the east coast of Florida and is home to more than 2,000 species of plants, 600 species of fish and 300 species of birds.
The lagoon has faced ecological crisis in recent years, however due to sceptic tank waste pollution which, on top of heavy rains and other nutrient issues, has led to problems like toxic algae blooms.
The Indian River Lagoon and the environment are top priorities for the congressmen, especially Mast, who is a member of both the Everglades Caucus and the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. Rep. Mast also serves as Vice Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“Our Lagoon is important to our quality of life, our local economies, tourism, our natural beauty, and provides a critical habitat to many indigenous species of wildlife and plant life,” Rep. Posey said. “This new caucus will help promote and protect our nation’s estuaries like the Indian River Lagoon by giving our communities a platform in Washington to educate our leaders on the important role that our estuaries play.”