St. Lucia River and Indian River Lagoon Nonprofits Seek Christmas Donations

When you’re tasked with protecting and restoring the waters of North America’s most biodiverse estuary, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to crunch the finances and crunch the numbers for daily accounting.

Mike Conner, the Indian Riverkeeper, therefore has a “12 Days of Christmas” wish for the Treasure Coast: donations to pay for accounting services for 2022.

Accounting departments will help Conner and his team focus on a busy checklist: regularly patrolling the Indian River Lagoon by boat, advocating for public policy that improves water quality, and investigating complaints of pollution, algae blooms and fish mortality.

“Without proper and accurate accounting and tax reporting, we cannot exist as a nonprofit or legally solicit donations,” Conner said. “In general, it will definitely help us free up time for ourselves.”

According to Conner, the nonprofit needs the accounting services to:

  • Prepare quarterly reports for the Internal Revenue Service
  • Produce IRS annual reports
  • Reconcile bank accounts.
Captain Mike Conner, seen here with a pompano he caught in the Indian River Lagoon, has been appointed Indian Riverkeeper.

Conner is the lagoon’s fourth “keeper” since the Treasure Coast nonprofit was formed in 2002. He replaced Marty Baum in 2019, who was at the helm for approximately seven years.

The Indian Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore “the Indian River Lagoon, its tributaries, fisheries and habitats through advocacy, law enforcement and citizen action,” according to the association.

How to help

  • Who: Indian Sentinel
  • Wish: Donations to pay for accounting and bookkeeping services in 2022
  • Cost: approximately $ 1,500
  • How to donate: Contact Executive Director Mike Conner at 772-521-1882 or email [email protected] You can also send a check to Indian Riverkeeper, PO Box 1812, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, or donate online at

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About this series

Treasure Coast nonprofits that research, protect, restore and advocate for safe drinking water, especially the St. Lucia River and Indian River Lagoon, need more than the holiday cheer to continue their journey. mission. Find out what they need – and how you can help them – to continue their work, as highlights a different organization every day from December 25 to January 5, the traditional 12 days of Christmas. Read previous stories:

Indian Riverkeeper Mike Conner interviews U.S. Representative Brian Mast after Mast introduced new water legislation on Wednesday August 12, 2020 along the St. Lucia River in Stuart.  Proposed legislation would prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping Lake Okeechobee water containing toxic algal blooms containing at least 8 parts per billion microcystins into the St. Lucia Estuary and River Lagoon Indian.

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Max Chesnes is an environmental reporter for TCPalm who focuses on the issues facing the Indian River Lagoon, the St. Lucia River, and Lake Okeechobee. You can follow Max on Twitter @MaxChesnes, email him at [email protected] and call him at 772-978-2224.

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