Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc. Receives Critical Funding

Ocean Research & Conservation Association
Ocean Research & Conservation Association

The Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc. (ORCA) is receiving critical funding from the State of Florida for ORCA’s Kilroy Water Quality Monitoring Network.  

“On behalf of ORCA, I would like to thank Governor DeSantis, Senator Debbie Mayfield, and Representative Thad Altman for their continued commitment to promote the gathering of data that will allow resource managers to make informed decisions to protect and restore our treasured waters,” says Warren Falls, ORCA’s Managing Director. 

Mayfield and Representative Altman’s efforts will allow ORCA to maintain their current systems and expand their Kilroy Monitoring Network.

“This legislative session’s efforts by Senator Mayfield and Representative Altman will allow ORCA to maintain our current systems and expand our Kilroy Monitoring Network by adding additional Kilroy monitoring systems in the Indian River Lagoon,” ORCA said in a statement.

ORCA’s innovative Kilroy network lets scientists, as well as community members, monitor an extensive array of water quality data, including water temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved oxygen, fluorescent dissolved organic matter, oxidation-reduction potential, turbidity, chlorophyll a and blue‐green algae, continuously as well as nutrients (nitrate, nitrite, and orthophosphate) year-round. 

There are currently 18 Kilroy systems deployed in the Indian River Lagoon and connecting waterways. 

Kilroy’s data is on ORCA’s website.

The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA)

The Ocean Research & Conservation Association focuses on preserving the Indian River Lagoon through science, advocacy, restoration, and education. 

ORCA’s facilities are located in Indian Harbour Beach, Vero Beach, and Fort Pierce.

For additional information, call Lauren Tracy at 772-467-1600 or email her at [email protected].

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