Governor Scott Announces Almost $16 Million Investment for Coast to Coast Connector Project

July 21, 2014 Governor Rick Scott today announced the 11 new projects that will be funded this year to help advance the Coast to Coast Connector, which will provide a safe and continuous multi-use trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic. The Department of Transportation will invest $15.9 million to complete 11 phases […]

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DEP Adopts Plans to Improve Water Quality for Upper Ocklawaha River

July 18, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has adopted the second phase of a long-term restoration plan for the Upper Ocklawaha River. The restoration plan, known as a basin management action plan or BMAP, identifies strategies and projects that will be implemented over the next five years in order to improve the water […]

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DEP Revokes Dan A. Huges Company’s Permits and Files Lawsuit in Collier County

July 18, 2014 Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection took action by revoking all of Dan A. Hughes Company’s permits, including the Collier-Hogan well, and filing a lawsuit in Collier County. A copy of the department’s complaint can be found here and Notice of Revocation can be found here. DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. […]

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Suwanne River Bounces Back from Prolonged Drought

July 18, 2014 Thanks to above-average rainfall earlier this year and ongoing conservation efforts by the Department of Environmental Protection, springs on Florida’s historic Suwannee River are bouncing back from prolonged droughts that impacted flow from 2006-2012. In fact, one 50-mile portion of the river is now receiving more than three times as much groundwater from […]

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DEP Adopts Plan to Improve Water Quality for Orange Creek Basin

July 17, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a long-term restoration plan for Orange Creek basin. The restoration plan, known as a basin management action plan or BMAP, identifies strategies and projects that will be implemented by the department in conjunction with local governments over the next five years to improve the […]

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DEP Invites Residents, Visitors to “Discover Florida Wild”

July 16, 2014 Florida is home to a variety of diverse outdoor activities and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is excited to announce the launch of “Discover Florida Wild,” a web portal allowing residents and visitors to explore a variety of outdoor activities offered by the state all in one place. “This is a […]

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Restoration Goals for Lake Talquin to be set

July 11, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducted a public meeting today to further the development of water quality restoration goals for Lake Talquin. The restoration goals will address two water quality impairments — an excess amount of nutrients in the lake, and an insufficient amount of dissolved oxygen. Alongside stakeholders and the public, […]

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Everglades Restoration Projects Continue with Issuance of New DEP Permit

July 10, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a permit to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today to construct the L-8 Divide Structure, a key component of Governor Rick Scott’s strategies to restore south Florida ecosystems. The L-8 Divide Structure will assist the movement of stormwater […]

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Digging for Shells: Restoring Weeki Wachee Mermaid Theater

July 9, 2014 One of Florida’s hidden treasures will be on display once again after renovation efforts are completed at the historic Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Beginning later this summer, Florida’s Division of Recreation and Parks will start renovating the roof of a 4,000-square foot “seashell” – the man-made theater that plays host to […]

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First Lady Ann Scott Makes Second Stop on Summer Literacy Adventure

July 8, 2014 Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott made her second stop of the 2014 Summer Literacy Adventure today at Fort George Island Cultural State Park in Duval County. During her visit, she read “The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle,” by Lynne Cherry to more than 70 summer camp students. This is the […]

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Recycling Rates in Florida Continue to Climb

July 3, 2014 New 2013 recycling data released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows Florida’s official recycling rate is now 49 percent, up one percent from last year. This represents a substantial increase in the amount of solid waste recycled — from 9.7 million tons in 2012 to 11.8 million tons in 2013. […]

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DEP Awards Grants for Local Recreation Projects

July 3, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program has granted more than $2.4 million for 51 outdoor recreation projects in 26 counties. The Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program is a competitive grant program, funded by the Florida Legislature, which provides financial assistance to local governments to develop and/or acquire […]

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Become a Junior Park Ranger During Recreation and Parks Month

July 2, 2014 Governor Rick Scott proclaimed July as Recreation and Parks Month, observing that parks and recreation programs contribute to a healthy lifestyle, boost our economy and promote cultural diversity. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service invites residents and visitors to enjoy Florida’s beaches, natural treasures and historic sites throughout July […]

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