Springs Informational Kiosks installed in 20 Florida State Parks

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has installed new interpretative kiosks at each of the 20 state parks with freshwater springs. The panels share information about the threats to springs – groundwater pollution, erosion and invasive plants – and what visitors can do to reduce that threat. Florida has one of the […]

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New Florida Online Trail Guide Available

A total of 429 hiking, biking, paddling and equestrian trails are featured in a new online guide produced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails, part of the award-winning Florida state park system. Trail maps for five different regions are divided into land and paddling trails with each trail marked […]

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The Late Governor Askew Remembered for His Work to Designate Florida’s Aquatic Preserves

Yesterday we learned that Governor Reubin Askew passed away in Tallahassee surrounded by his loved ones. We remember the many ways the Governor left his mark on Florida. One of his legacies was the foresight to set aside more than 2 million acres of pristine submerged land and coastal landscapes to be preserved for their […]

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Apalachicola Research Reserve Opens Aquatic Preserve Gallery Exhibit

Tonight, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will hold the grand opening of preeminent Florida photographer Clyde Butcher’s popular and award winning photo exhibit Living Waters: The Aquatic Preserves of Florida. The exhibit includes museum quality framed pieces of black and white photography that showcase the pristine beauty of the state’s aquatic preserves. The pieces […]

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DEP’s Northeast District Presents 2014 Environmental Excellence Award to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport

Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District presented Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport with the 2014 Environmental Excellence Award. In 2002, the U. S. Navy facilities located in Jacksonville established the Northeast Florida Environmental Compliance Partnering Team. The Navy’s vision of this team was, “the Navy and regulatory community working […]

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DEP to Hold Six Meetings Around the State for Input on Water Restoration Work Plans

On Feb. 25 in Live Oak, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will kick off a series of six meetings around Florida to take public input on the Department’s water quality assessment and restoration priorities over the next two years. These meetings are to present the 2014 Strategic Monitoring Plan. The Department will also present […]

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Grant Funding to Assist DEP and Local Governments Restore Florida Waterbodies–Project Details

Below are the details for the projects receiving nearly $10 million in Department grants and local government funds: Revitalize Impaired Waters for Charlotte Harbor East and West Spring Lakes Phase I, Charlotte County Amount Funded: $599,670 with matching funds of $3,636,800 for a total project cost of $4,236,470. Overview: Phase I of the project will […]

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Be Prepared: Winters Bring Cold Weather, Even To Florida

The Sunshine State is not immune to winter weather and cold temperatures. In fact, there are freeze warnings and watches in many counties across Florida this week. For the last several years, winter weather has led to record freezes killing crops and plants. Freezes can cause environmental issues, such as fish kills, cold-stunning of turtles, […]

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DEP Recognizes Kessler Consulting, Inc. for Outstanding Recycling Efforts

On January 16, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Kessler Consulting, Inc. (KCI) for its outstanding recycling efforts.  KCI is a Florida-based environmental consulting firm with 12 employees that recycled more than 86 percent of its solid waste in 2012.   KCI believes that it is important to “walk the talk” when it comes to […]

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FGS Director Selected to National Research Council to Review Conservation Plan of Edwards Aquifer Authority

Last week, Dr. Jonathon Arthur, Director of Florida Geological Survey was selected to serve on the National Research Council Committee that is assessing the scientific aspects of the habitat conservation plan of the Edwards Aquifer Authority in Texas. He was chosen for this committee because of his experience in hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry including aquifer storage […]

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New Pumpout Boats Help Keep Waterways Clean

Martin County’s recent purchase of two new pumpout boats through the Florida Clean Vessel Act Grant Program will help keep sewage waste out of local waterways. For years, Martin County has provided the free, on-call service that pumps sewage out of anchored or docked recreational boats in the St. Lucie River or Indian River Lagoon […]

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Apalachicola NERR Staff Help to Rescue Nearly 50 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles

Florida’s shallow bays and estuaries provide important habitats for threatened and endangered sea turtles. These habitats are home to adults and juveniles of three species of sea turtle: the loggerhead, green and Kemp’s Ridley. As subzero temperatures swept most the north and western parts of the nation this week, Florida also experienced a cold snap. […]

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DEP Educates Landscape Architects Statewide on Practices to Protect and Conserve Water

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is educating landscape architects on the importance of practices to conserve and protect water resources with the green industry best management practices training course.  Resulting from the expanded capabilities of the Department, the training course is now offered online to make meeting the upcoming deadline and new statutory requirements […]

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