Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - Commissioner Grande Receives MRC Environmental AwardSt. Lucie County Commission Chairman Charles Grande was recently recognized by the Marine Resources Council for his efforts in protecting the Indian River Lagoon.
The Marine Resources Council Chair Mary Chapman presented Commissioner Grande with its FPL Award for Outstanding Services to the Indian River Lagoon by an Elected Official for 2010 Tuesday night at the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners meeting.
"We all recognize is that the physical health of the environment and the economic health of the County are absolutely tied to the Indian River Lagoon. And when I campaign for an environmental issue, I always like to start with the facts. The one thing that I have been certain of is when you want to get the science you go to the Marine Resources Council," said Commissioner Grande. "I want to thank the Council and I want to thank my fellow Commissioners for working with the Council over the years."
Founded 25 years ago, the Marine Resources Council is a non-profit, environmental protection group that focused on major issues involving the Indian River Lagoon including: flow from land drainage and its negative impact on estuarine productivity; loss of seagrasses and mangroves; coordinating local, state, or federal programs for the lagoon; and the need for public education to incorporate science into decision-making. For more information about the Marine Resources Council visit: www.mrcirl.org.