GTM Research Reserve Launches Blue Star Museums Program

May 21, 2015   PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program […]

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Rookery Bay Reserve Launches Blue Star Museums Program

May 21, 2015   NAPLES, Fla. – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a proud participant of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for […]

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DEP Recognizes JM Family Enterprises for Outstanding Recycling Effort

May 20, 2015   Deerfield Beach, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Southeast District recognized JM Family Enterprises today for its superior recycling efforts. In 2014, the automotive company achieved a recycling rate of 64 percent at their Florida facilities. “JM Family Enterprises has done a great job recycling waste, which reduces their […]

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First Loggerhead Turtle Nest of Season Spotted

May 20, 2015 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) Marine Turtle Patrol volunteers have spotted the first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the nesting season, which runs from May to September. The Marine Turtle Patrol program is a volunteer-based effort for monitoring and evaluating sea turtle nests on the […]

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Statement from Secretary Jon Steverson Regarding Dale Henry Twachtmann, Former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Regulation

May 19, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – “It is with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dale H. Twachtmann, one of Florida’s extraordinary environmental champions. “Dale committed his career to the protection of Florida’s natural resources and continually demonstrated the wisdom, creativity and sensitivity only true leaders possess. “Dale will be long remembered as […]

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DEP Adopts Restoration Goals for Springs Coast Basin

May 19, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has adopted site-specific, water-quality restoration goals for the Homosassa and Chassahowitzka Spring systems to reduce nutrient pollution, specifically nitrogen, to a healthy and functional level. The restoration goals, known as a Total Maximum Daily Loads or TMDLs, identify the reductions necessary to bring […]

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DEP Welcomes International Visitors

May 15, 2015   ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently welcomed colleagues from South Korea and Australia as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. DEP has a long history of cultivating best business practices through the exchange of ideas with international partners. “Florida has always been […]

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NAS Key West Boca Chica Marina Receives Clean and Resilient Marina Designation

May 14, 2015   MARATHON, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to recognize Naval Air Station Key West Boca Chica Marina as a Clean and Resilient Marina. As part of the successful Clean Marina Program, this designation represents the marina’s commitment to environmentally responsible practices and emergency preparedness. DEP presented Naval Air […]

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Rookery Bay Reserve Hosts State of the Coast Meeting

May 14, 2015   NAPLES, Fla. – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve hosted State of the Coast today, bringing together community and business leaders with environmental scientists and coastal managers for discussions about Collier County’s coastal environment and economy. “Science is an important tool that can help inform local coastal decisions,” said Gary Lytton, […]

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First Lady Kicks off Fifth Annual Summer Literacy Adventure at Governor’s Mansion

May 12, 2015   Tallahassee, Fla. – Children’s laughter filled the rooms of the Governor’s Mansion this morning when nearly 70 local elementary school students joined Florida First Lady Ann Scott as she kicked off her highly anticipated Summer Literacy Adventure. In its fifth year, the initiative encourages children to stay active and motivated about reading […]

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DEP’s Office of Inspector General Working to Receive Statewide Reaccredidation

May 11, 2015   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Internal Investigations Section, is undergoing assessment to retain its state level accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement. The assessment, which is required every three years, will examine all aspects of OIG’s Internal Investigations Section, including reviewing policies and procedures, management, […]

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National Kids to a Park Day Events

On Saturday, May 16, state parks across the country will celebrate National Kids to a Park Day. Kids to a Park Day events held at Florida State Parks this weekend are: Oscar Scherer State Park: Children ages 12 years and older are invited to Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. […]

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Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection Team up to Promote Sun Safety

May 08, 2015   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection, is launching a new sun safety project called Sun’s Up, Cover Up targeting visitors to Florida’s beautiful state parks. “Sun safety prevents skin cancer for Florida’s residents […]

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