Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Participates in ‘Operation Safe Passage’

Oct. 2, 2014 ~Multi-agency operation to clean up North Fork of St. Lucie River begins Oct. 1~ The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves will take part in a multi-agency effort to remove navigational hazards in the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. “Operation Safe Passage” takes place Oct. 1-2 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. This collaborative endeavor includes […]

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Apalachicola Research Reserve Celebrates the Estuary

Oct. 2, 2014 ~More than 600 visitors participate in free, family friendly activities on National Estuaries Day~ Children had the chance to learn more about the reserve as a whole. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) hosted its annual National Estuaries Day Celebration on Friday, Sept. 26, in Eastpoint. Approximately 618 visitors interacted with […]

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Rookery Bay Reserve Hosts National Estuaries Day

Oct. 2, 2014 ~More than 600 visitors enjoy tours and activities~ Arundhati Shrama (center) won the Coastal America Ocean Art Contest at Rookery Bay Reserve’s National Estuaries Day celebration. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve welcomed 450 adults and 150 children for its annual celebration of estuaries, the special places where rivers meet the sea. […]

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Restoration of Chassahowitzska Springs Topic of Today’s Meeting

Oct. 2, 2014 ~Department takes input on restoration goals for Chassahowitzka Springs~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a meeting today to further the development of water quality restoration goals for the Chassahowitzka spring system. The restoration goals will address excess nutrients in the water, specifically nitrogen. The restoration goals will act as the […]

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Restoration of Homasassa Springs Topic of Today’s Meeting

Oct. 2, 2014 ~Department takes input on restoration goals for Homosassa Springs~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a meeting today to further the development of water quality restoration goals for the Homosassa spring system. The restoration goals will address excess nutrients in the water, specifically nitrogen. These goals will act as the […]

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Five-Day Paddling Trip to Support the Apalachicola River

Oct. 2, 2014 ~RiverTrek raises funds to restore, protect and preserve the Apalachicola River~ In celebration of Florida Greenways and Trails Month, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is participating in RiverTrek – a five-day paddling trip down the length of the Apalachicola River. The trip will take place Oct. 7-11, beginning at Clyde Hopkins […]

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Volunteers Pitch in for National Public Lands Day

Oct. 2, 2014 ~Volunteers donated more than 7,000 hours to state parks and trails on Sept. 27~ Volunteers work on lake restoration at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey. On Sept. 27, volunteers across the state gathered at Florida’s state parks to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Overall, 2,149 volunteers contributed more than 7,067 hours […]

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DEP Provides $500,000 for Wastewater Project in Charlotte County

Sept. 30, 2014 ~Funding will help protect Charlotte Harbor, Peace and Myakka rivers~ Charlotte County secured $500,000 in funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to help pay for the extension of public wastewater lines in the East and West Spring Lakes areas of Port Charlotte. The funding will help offset the cost of […]

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DEP Funds Expansion of Blountstown Wastewater System

Sept. 30, 2014 ~Antiquated wastewater system will be upgraded and expanded by summer 2016~ The city of Blountstown now has the capability to upgrade and expand its more aging wastewater-collection system thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. “This project is an example of the department’s continued focus on improving […]

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DEP Provides $520,800 to Cooper City for Water Project

Sept. 30, 2014 ~Funding will help replace old water pipe for city residents~ Cooper City secured $520,800 in funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for a project aimed at upgrading outdated water pipe for its residents. The first phase of the project, which involves replacing a two-mile section of pipe that carries drinking water […]

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DEP Provides $700,000 to Desoto County for Water, Wastewater Projects

Sept. 30, 2014 ~ Funding will pay for new facilities as part of road-widening project ~ DeSoto County will use $700,000 in funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to help pay for the extension of public water and wastewater lines along U.S. Highway 17. The money will help fund part of the $5-million […]

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DEP Provides $750,000 Grant for Hardee County Regional Wastewater Improvements

Sept. 30, 2014 After identifying a nitrate problem in the Wauchula Hills area in 2000, Florida has invested more than $9 million to help correct this issue. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is now providing $750,000 to complete phase three of the wastewater service-improvement plan for this area. “This project is an important step […]

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DEP Provides $525,000 to Southwest Ranches for Stormwater Projects

Sept. 30, 2014 ~Funding will ease flooding issues in Broward County town~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will assist the town of Southwest Ranches with $525,000 in funding for six projects designed to ease flooding concerns from stormwater runoff. The projects, which are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, will help […]

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