Coastal Partnership Initiative Grant Program Accepting Applications

Sep. 1, 2015   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Management Program is accepting applications for the Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) grant program. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration makes these funds available on a competitive basis to eligible local governments. The CPI grant program promotes the protection and effective management […]

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DEP Hosts Restoration Plan Update Meeting for Hillsborough River Tributaries

TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting an annual update meeting on Sept. 3 for the water-quality restoration plan, or Hillsborough River Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), that covers five lower Hillsborough River tributaries and the lower portion of the Hillsborough River. The department will present the second phase of the restoration plan and […]

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DEP Hosts Restoration Update Meeting for Wekiva Basin

Aug. 28, 2015   ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Sept. 2 to discuss the water quality restoration plan for the Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run and Little Wekiva Canal. DEP representatives will review the draft restoration plan, or Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), and take public […]

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Summer Environmental Program Helps to Bridge Students’ Learning Gaps

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District partnered for a second year with Jacksonville’s Police Athletic League to help ensure area students would be better prepared to start this new school year. As part of the league’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) summer camp program, district staff taught hundreds of students […]

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DEP Hosts Meeting to Further Restoration for Wakulla Springs Basin

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Aug. 31 to discuss the water quality restoration plan for the Upper Wakulla River and Wakulla Springs. DEP representatives will review the draft restoration plan, the Upper Wakulla and Wakulla Springs Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP), and take public comment prior to finalizing […]

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DEP Welcomes Public Input on Watershed Work Plans

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Aug. 26, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will kick off a series of five meetings around the state to take public input on the department’s water quality assessment determinations and restoration priorities. The meetings will be held in Stuart, Fort Myers, Temple Terrace, Daytona Beach and Tallahassee respectively. A complete list of workshop […]

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DEP Hosts Meeting to Further Restoration Plan for Rainbow Springs Basin

Aug. 21, 2015 DUNNELLON, Fla. – On Aug. 27, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will host a meeting to further develop the long-term restoration plan for the Rainbow Springs system. Stakeholders and interested members of the public are invited to attend. DEP staff will present the draft restoration plan, also know as a Basin Management Action Plan […]

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Miami Marlins Knock Recycling Out of the Park

Aug. 14, 2015   MIAMI – Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognizes the Miami Marlins organization for its impressive 51-percent recycling rate. DEP Southeast District Director Jill Creech presented the award to the organization at the Florida Recycling Partnership’s Recycling Summit, which was held at Marlins Park. “I am pleased to recognize the Miami Marlins […]

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DEP Hosts Update Meeting for Lower St. Johns River Tributaries

Aug. 7, 2015 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting an annual update meeting on Aug. 11 for two restoration plans covering 25 Lower St. Johns River tributaries. The department will present the second phase of the restoration plans and discuss additional efforts to reduce fecal coliform bacteria loading to the tributaries. To address the excess […]

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Sale of Former Indian River Correctional Institute Approved

Aug. 5, 2015   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet members authorized the sale of the former Indian River Correctional Institute in Indian River County for $850,000 to Algae to Omega LLC. The property’s new owner intends to cultivate and market algae-derived products for nutraceutical, functional foods and personal care applications. […]

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Governor and Cabinet Approve 165-Acre Acquisition

Aug. 5, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet members approved the purchase of the 165-acre Clear Creek/Whiting Field parcel in Santa Rosa County for $705,000 from Paradise Bay Developers. This Florida Forever acquisition will expand a conservation corridor between state and private conservation lands for wildlife and recreational use as […]

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DEP Hosts Meeting to Advance Restoration for Orange Creek Basin

Aug. 4, 2015   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On August 6, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a meeting to discuss restoration plans for the Orange Creek Basin, which will include presenting water-quality trends in the basin and providing updates on the plan’s implementation. The Orange Creek Basin restoration plan covers Newnans Lake, Orange […]

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Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center Unveils New Aquarium Life

July 31, 2015 NAPLES, Fla. – The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has added fascinating new marine species to the Environmental Learning Center’s (ELC) focus tank aquariums, which enable better viewing of smaller fish. One of the new additions is the Southern stargazer, often called the “Monster of the Sea.” With eyes on top of […]

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