Public Meeting to be Held Regarding Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

November 25, 2014 ~Ocala-Marion County Transportation Planning Organization will co-host meeting with DEP~ Join the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service and the Ocala-Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) for a joint public workshop and presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 to discuss proposed alignments of a 12-foot multi-use paved trail from the […]

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Water Storage Capacity in Northern Everglades to Grow with Latest DEP Grant

November 25, 2014 ~Department awards $3 million to store excess water on public and private lands~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today a $3 million grant award to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to support its thriving Dispersed Water Management Program. The program, which creates additional water storage on private […]

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DEP Commits $4.75 Million to Water Projects in Northwest Florida

November 25, 2014 ~Projects address infrastructure needs as well as water quality~ The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is providing $4.75 million for six water-related projects in northwest Florida. Thanks to matching local funds, a total of $7.5 million is being invested in the projects located in Bay, Liberty, Jackson and Walton counties. The projects […]

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Adventure Racers Paddle and Run in Support of Conservation

November 25, 2014 ~Nearly 70 participate in fifth annual event at Rookery Bay~ The Rookery Bay Adventure Race, held on Nov. 22, engaged nearly 70 men and women in a 3K kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4K trail run on the Snail Trail at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. The event was sponsored […]

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In Case You Missed It…Monroe County Applauds DEP Partnership Program

November 25, 2014 DEP, MONROE COUNTY PARTNER TO CREATE SUCCESSFUL PUMPOUT PROGRAM Monroe County, the Florida Keys, partnering with the state of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Clean Vessel Act (DEP CVA) has successfully created a Keys-wide mobile pumpout program, serving all boaters in unincorporated Monroe County and providing free pump out service. Back in […]

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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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