Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Hosts “Become a Junior Bayologist” Winter Camp

November 21, 2014 ~Winter camp teaches younger generations about Biscayne Bay with hands-on activities~ The Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves announces its winter camp held at Pelican Harbor Marina on Dec. 22-24, 2014, for children between the ages of 5-12. This winter camp offers a diverse range of hands-on activities, such as wading, walking the shoreline […]

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Rookery Bay Reserve Offers Nature Photography Workshop

November 21, 2014 ~Participants sharpen their nature photography skills both in the classroom and the field~ Relative newcomers to digital SLR (single lens reflex) nature photography will be able to build on their skills at a two-session nature photography workshop to be held at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on Dec. 18 and 19, 2014. […]

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Governor Scott Requests More than $77 Million in Gulf Coast Restoration Projects

November 20, 2014 ~State of Florida proposals include 20 projects for the Gulf Coast~ Today, Governor Rick Scott announced five proposals for 20 projects totaling $77 million were submitted to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) for consideration under the Council-Selected Restoration Component portion of funding through the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, […]

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Florida State Parks are Open Thanksgiving Day

November 20, 2014 ~Enjoy Florida’s award-winning state parks with family and friends~  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service invites you to visit a state park or trail this Thanksgiving Day. While many places across the state will be closed for the fall holiday, most of the 171 Florida state parks and trails […]

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DEP Celebrates Florida Recycles Day with Three Recycling Recognition Awards

November 20, 2014 ~Multiple companies prove their commitment to long-term recycling efforts~ Division of Waste Management Director Jorge Caspary speaks about the impact of recycling.  Florida Recycles Day 2014 celebrates the statewide determination of businesses and residents to ensure recycling is a top priority throughout daily life. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection inducted three […]

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DEP Awards $3 Million for Southwest Florida Water Storage

November 20, 2014 ~Early Start construction will provide critical interim storage capacity~ As South Florida’s ‘rainy season’ comes to a close, state and regional entities are getting a jump on critical projects designed to bolster water storage and treatment options throughout the region to better protect our water resources. Today, the Florida Department of Environmental […]

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Florida State Parks Thanksgiving Day Closures

The following parks will be open on Thanksgiving, but will not be offering all of the regular services: ·  De Leon Springs State Park in De Leon Springs – Sugarmill Restaurant closed  ·  Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna – No cave tours ·  Fort George Island Cultural State Park in Jacksonville – Ribault Clubhouse […]

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NFWF Announces $34.3 Million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Florida

November 18, 2014 Today, Governor Rick Scott and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the funding of $34.3 million for nine Florida projects that address high priority conservation needs. The projects, developed in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and federal resource agencies, are […]

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DEP Executes 10 Land and Water Conservation Fund Contracts

November 18, 2014 ~Land and Water Conservation Fund celebrates 50th anniversary~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has executed 10 Land and Water Conservation Fund contracts in nine counties. The projects were approved by the United States Department of the Interior through the National Park Service and total more than $1.8 million. The Land and Water […]

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DEP Commits More than $117,000 to Help Lake Trafford Restoration Efforts

November 14, 2014 ~Florida Gulf Coast University conducts study to better understand hydrology and pollutant sources ~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has committed more than $117,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University to develop a better understanding of Lake Trafford’s hydrology and anthropogenic, or human-based, nutrient sources. The completed study will provide guidance for […]

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More Than $116,000 Committed to Restoration Project for Banana River Lagoon

November 14, 2014 ~DEP partners with Brevard County to address stormwater and water quality~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded Brevard County more than $116,000 to install stormwater-filtration technologies to improve water quality in the Banana River Lagoon. The project is expected to reduce nutrient pollution by 20 percent for both total phosphorous and total nitrogen. […]

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DEP Hosts Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan Development Meeting

November 14, 2014 ~Restoration plan identifies strategies to improve water quality~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites stakeholders — government representatives, scientists, environmental organizations, agricultural operators and others — to attend a meeting to discuss the draft Lake Okeechobee restoration plan. This is part of a series of meetings meant to develop and identify […]

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GTM Research Reserve Offers Lecture About Female Sea Turtle Foraging Habits

November 14, 2014 ~Attendees will learn where turtles travel before nesting~ The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts a free lecture for the public titled, “Where Female Sea Turtles Forage Before Nesting,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 10-11 a.m. at the Marineland field office. “Answers relating to female sea turtles’ foraging habits before nesting […]

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