What Is Source Reduction ?
The District’s saltmarsh source reduction efforts are largely focused on the management of impoundments along the Indian River Lagoon. By implementing RIM, the District utilizes pumps to flood sites to prevent saltmarsh mosquitoes from laying their eggs, which eliminates the need for chemical treatment within those areas.
The District also has a Waste Tire Program which has been in place for over 20 years, as another source reduction method. Tires are capable of producing several freshwater mosquito species, including those which can transmit several viruses. By collecting and disposing of the waste tires, the District is removing additional mosquito production sites.