Save Our Indian River Lagoon on Florida's Space Coast

An incredibly vibrant sunrise over the calm water of the Indian River Lagoon that was designated a national estuary of significance by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1990. Estuaries are critical for the survival of fish, birds, and wildlife because they provide safe spawning grounds and nurseries. Healthy estuaries support profitable commercial fisheries. When in balance, plant and animal life flourishes.

1987 Congress established the National Estuary Program (NEP) as part of the Clean Water Act. The NEP's mission is to protect and restore the health of estuaries.

Copyright Notice Photography by

Stel Bailey

Stel Bailey is a nationally recognized environmental health advocate working to protect natural resources, the health of communities, service members from toxic exposures, and children from the impacts of harmful pollution. She is a cancer cluster survivor, globally published photographer, mom of two, water enthusiast, and adventurer. Find her on TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram @StelBailey and on

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