Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Community Support Organization Awarded Grant

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Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Community Support Organization Awarded Grant

~Friends of the Spoil Islands receives Rockwell Collins Green Communities grant to help fund environmental projects~

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An aerial view of the Spoil Islands

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves' (IRLAP) community support organization, Friends of the Spoil Islands, was recently awarded $2,500 as part of the Rockwell Collins Green Communities grant. This program helps fund environmental projects undertaken by nonprofit organizations and public entities, in partnership with Rockwell Collins employees and retirees. Grants were awarded based on the project's tangible environmental benefits and sustainable project value.

"Funding from this grant will allow the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves and Friends of the Spoil Islands to continue with the Leave No Trace campaign and enhance island amenities," said Irene Arpayoglou, manager of the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves. 

Rockwell Collins Melbourne ECO-Crew has worked closely with IRLAP, adopting three spoil islands in Brevard County. Since 2016, over 750 pounds of recyclables and debris have been removed from the three islands. The ECO-Crew has also been interested in helping IRLAP with the Leave No Trace initiative and other island improvements.

For more information, please contact Irene Arpayoglou at 772-429-2995.