Plays a major role of the Spoil Island Project. It is made up of
various government agencies, citizen support groups, private/public
organizations and concerned citizens dedicated to the enhancement
of the spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon. Florida Department
of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Inland Navigational
District (FIND), Florida Fish Wildlife and Conservation Commission
(FFWCC), United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), Stewards
for the Southeast Florida Aquatic Preserves (SSFAP), Boy Scouts
of America, Keep Florida Beautiful, and Marine Resources Council
(MRC), are typically known as the Spoil Island Work Group (SIWG).
The SIWG helps coordinate volunteer efforts to enhance the islands.
The enhancement of spoil islands requires several steps of progression
over time. First the islands are cleared of any hazardous debris
and trash. Next, portions of invasive exotic vegetation are identified,
eliminated, and replaced with native vegetation by controlled succession.
Depending on the designated use of the island, trails, fire pits,
picnic tables, benches, and kiosks are designed/constructed and
strategically placed on the island. Finally, regular maintenance
of the islands is required to ensure its designated use and appearance.
All participants will enjoy a free Spoil Island Project T-shirt.
Many volunteers enjoy fishing, relaxing and taking in the scenery
on the island after the work is completed, others may camp overnight.
However, campers must register their vehicles prior to overnight
“Enhancement Days” occur on the 2nd
Saturday of every month from October thru April and end with a “Volunteer
Appreciation Day” in May. Please check the schedule
of events page for times and locations and the message board
for recent events, or to ask questions and make announcements. If
you are interested in Enhancement Days, please send an email with
your contact information to either the Indian
River Lagoon Spoil Island Coordinator and you will
be added to the Enhancement Days distribution list. You will be
asked to fill out a Volunteer
Application Agreement prior showing up at the Dock.
Dept. of Environmental Protection