DEP’s Latest Permit Will Increase Protection Of The St. Lucie Estuary

Sept. 11, 2014 ~Permit authorizes construction to start on massive water storage project~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a permit today for a project designed to help protect the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon from the freshwater flows inundating the region’s waterways. Issued to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

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DEP Announces Commitment to Fund Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

Sept. 9, 2014 ~ DEP will dedicate $250,000 annually to local lagoon support organization~ This week Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to commit agency funding to the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRL NEP) in order to further assist the organization as its members seek to take a […]

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Map of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Funded Projects Launches

Sept. 9, 2014 ~More than 20 projects featured across the Panhandle~ Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, launched their user-friendly map featuring the projects that are being implemented with Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds. Exact geographic locations, improved fact sheets and striking photos are highlights of the new map. […]

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Rookery Bay Reserve Seeks Motivated Volunteers

Sept. 5, 2014 ~Florida residents reach out to help preserve natural resources~ Volunteers provide education and excitement for thousands of visitors. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters on the Gulf coast near Naples. This expansive amount of acreage requires a large team of staff members and volunteers to keep the area […]

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More Than $5 Million in State Loan Funding to Assist With Stuart Drinking Water

Sept. 4, 2014 ~DEP program allows city to upgrade water quality for Stuart residents~ A project to replace 59,000 feet of aged drinking water distribution system piping will be made possible as a result of $5.6 million in low-interest loans provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. This project will update the Stuart water infrastructure and improve drinking water […]

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DEP Solicits Project Submissions for Water Quality Restoration Grants

Sept. 4, 2014 ~Grants encourage municipalities to improve stormwater systems for cleaner Florida waters~ Three times a year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection awards funding for projects designed to improve urban stormwater systems and reduce polluted runoff to impaired waters. The department is now accepting applications for the November cycle. The deadline for applications […]

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Mangrove Restoration Study Underway in Rookery Bay Reserve

Sept. 4, 2014 ~ Research partnership with USGS will assess natural community’s response to restoration efforts ~ Nicole Cormier (left), an ecologist with the US Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, holds a stainless steel rod in place while it is being driven into the sediment at Fruit Farm Creek near Goodland. […]

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Celebrate Literacy with Free Entry to State Parks on Sept. 8

Sep. 4, 2014 ~September is Literacy Month at Florida State Parks~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is celebrating National Literacy Month with special events at state parks. The month will be celebrated in conjunction with International Literacy Day on Monday, Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup Month. Any state park […]

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State Land Sale Garners More Than $15 Million for Conservation Purchases

Sep. 4, 2014 ~State closes on former A.G. Holley property in Palm Beach County~ Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands closed on the sale of A.G. Holley. The approximately 79.91-acre parcel of improved state-owned non-conservation land was the site of a former state hospital, which closed in 2012. Governor Scott and the […]

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DEP Adopts Restoration Goals for Suwannee and Santa Fe River Basins

Sep. 4, 2014 ~ Department defines scientifically derived pollutant limit and paves the way for restoration ~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has adopted water quality restoration goals to reduce bacteria in 17 creeks, streams and sinks in the Suwannee and Santa Fe River basins. The restoration goals, known as Total Maximum Daily Loads, define the […]

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GTM Research Reserve Announces Successful Derelict Crab Trap Removal

Sep. 4, 2014 ~Twenty-seven traps removed from local waters~ The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced that the Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves conducted their first derelict crab trap removal event from Aug. 21-23, 2014. This successful removal of 27 traps was a collaborative effort of the Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves, the GTM Research Reserve, […]

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GTM Research Reserve Marineland Hosts Mangrove Workshop

Sep. 4, 2014 ~’Living with Mangroves’ educates residents on mangroves and their regulations~ Today, the GTM Research Reserve’s Coastal Training Program and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District educated more than 25 people during the free workshop, “Living with Mangroves,” held at the Marineland Field Office. Janice Price, an environmental specialist with DEP’s Northeast District, […]

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Gov. Scott Announces More Than $6 Million Award to Assist Apalachicola Bay Oyster Fishery

Sep. 4, 2014 Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will receive a more than $6 million federal grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to assist with the recovery of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery. In 2012, Governor Scott requested the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to declare […]

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