DEP Hosts Jackson Blue Spring and Merritt’s Mill Pond Restoration Plan Meeting

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection last night engaged local governments, agricultural producers and other stakeholders in the first in a series of Basin Management Action Plan, or BMAP, development meetings. The purpose of the BMAP is to restore the water quality of Jackson Blue Spring and Merritt’s Mill Pond. Jackson Blue is a first […]

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DEP’s Northwest District and Aquatic Preserves Host Shoreline Cleanup in Celebration of Earth Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District and Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves hosted a shoreline cleanup at “Project GreenShores” in celebration of Earth Day. More than 60 volunteers collected 39 bags of trash during the three hour event. “Earth Day is a reminder that the natural resources we sometimes take for granted are not […]

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Governor, Cabinet Honor Resource Managers of the Year

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet today signed three resolutions sponsored by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, honoring the recipients of the 2013 Jim Stevenson Resource Manager of the Year Award. Each year, natural resource managers from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service’s Florida Forest Service, and […]

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DEP Uses Public Input and New Technology in Restoration of St. John’s River and Tributaries

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a series of meetings soliciting public insight on identifying sources of bacteria in 10 of the St. Johns River tributaries, continuing efforts to restore these waterways. The program began today at the Northeast District DEP office in Jacksonville with a discussion of three of the tributaries and […]

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Statement from DEP Regarding Consent Order with Dan A. Hughes Company L.P.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) finalized a Consent Order last week with the Dan A. Hughes Company, L.P. for unauthorized activities at the Collier – Hogan well south of Lake Trafford in Collier County. “The department caught the Dan. A. Hughes Company conducting unauthorized activities and immediately took action to assess the maximum […]

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Florida Celebrates Earth Day Through Statewide Environmental Activities

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will celebrate Earth Day throughout the coming week with a slew of activities in our state parks and aquatic preserves. These activities will offer Floridians and visitors opportunities to volunteer, learn and enjoy the diverse ecosystems that make up our state. Established in 1970, April 22 will mark the […]

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DEP Announces New Division of State Lands Director

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce Kelley Boree will serve as director of the Division of State Lands beginning May 16, 2014. “Kelley’s vast work experience and knowledge of both the public and private sector is going to prove invaluable to the department,” said Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation Katy […]

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DEP Hosts Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan Development Meeting

On April 16, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) convened local stakeholders — government representatives, scientists, environmentalists, agricultural operators and others — to continue development of the Lake Okeechobee restoration plan. This meeting is another in a series of monthly gatherings to establish the specific pollutant load reductions and action strategies essential to improving […]

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DEP Concludes Public Meetings Soliciting Input on Water Restoration Priorities

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently concluded a series of public meetings throughout the state to present information and receive input on the future priorities of water restoration. The Department has held six public meetings in the past month to invite public comment in Live Oak, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Pensacola, Orlando and […]

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Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approve by Acquisition and Restoration Council

On April 11,  the Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic preserve Management Plan was approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council. The Council is responsible for reviewing the management plans and land use for all state-owned conservation lands, as well as the selection and ranking of land acquisition projects on the Florida Forever priority list. This meeting […]

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DEP Releases Best Management Practices for Non-Commercial Horse Owners

On April 11, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection released “Small Scale Horse Operations: Best Management Practices for Water Resource Protection in Florida,” a 40-page booklet written to educate horse owners in the sustainable practices necessary to protect Florida’s water resources while keeping horses healthy. The manual is available on the Department’s website at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/nonpoint/pubs.htm, […]

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DEP Participates in the 14th Annual Oceans Day at the Capital

On April 9,  the Florida Department of Environmental Protection participated in the 14th annual celebration of Florida Oceans Day at the Capitol. This year’s theme, “Tomorrow’s Ocean Workforce,” highlighted the contributions of the ocean and coastal economy for job creation in the Sunshine State. The Division of Water Resource Management and the Florida Coastal Office both […]

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Governor Scott Announces More than $29 Million to Improve South Florida Water Quality

On April 4, Governor Rick Scott was joined by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. to announce the 10 wastewater and stormwater projects receiving more than $29 million in loan funding for South Florida through the Department’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. Governor Scott said, “Investing in water quality […]

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