DEP Hosts Water/Wastewater Operator Workshops

July 2, 2015 ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Central District hosted workshops for drinking water and wastewater utility operators, providing current information on issues and regulatory updates as well as promoting compliance and strengthening relationships between the department and industry personnel. “Providing this type of education to our regulated community is a win-win […]

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Florida Park Service Opens Renovated Park Service in Chiefland

July 2, 2015 CHIEFLAND, Fla. – Yesterday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service opened the newly renovated Magnolia Campground at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland. The Magnolia Campground renovations, which total $1.3 million, include: six additional campsites, upgrades to the existing campsites, a 2,090-square-foot bathroom and shower facility, and new sidewalks, […]

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DEP and FWC Look Forward to Future Restoration for Florida’s Gulf Coast

July 2, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are the lead state agencies working towards restoring the environment and recreational opportunities that were damaged in the state of Florida due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As a part of the agreement in principle […]

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DEP Announces Web-Based Map that Identifies Beach Accesses and Amenities

June 30, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – DEP’s Florida Coastal Management Program introduces the “Florida Beach Access Guide”- an interactive web-based map that is also available on an app for mobile devices. This guide enables beachgoers to locate every public beach access point and accompanying amenities throughout Florida. “More than 2,000 public beach access points along Florida’s coasts are […]

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Southern Crew Restoration Project Clears Another Hurdle

June 29, 2015 LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has authorized the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to continue the next phase of the Southern Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Restoration Project. When completed, the project will provide significant benefits to the ecosystem including restoring wetlands and the natural sheetflow of water, […]

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DEP Hosts Series of Mangrove Workshops

June 29, 2015 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District has hosted several workshops to train participants on Florida’s regulations and best management practices for the maintenance of mangroves. Landscapers, consultants and homeowners throughout Flagler, St. Johns and Levy counties have attended. The Northeast District is eager to offer additional workshops and is asking […]

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Recreation and Parks Month Proclamation

July 2, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites visitors and residents to visit a state park and trail for outdoor recreation, events and family fun throughout July. Governor Rick Scott proclaimed July as Recreation and Parks month, recognizing that parks and recreational opportunities build family unity, strengthen neighborhood involvement and promote […]

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What They Are Saying…Florida’s Environmental and Community Leaders Applaud 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” Budget

June 24, 2015 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson said,“The ‘Keep Florida Working’ budget provides vital funding that will help us protect the land and water resources that our economy and quality of life depend on. Thanks to Governor Scott’s continued commitment to environmental protection, including Everglades restoration and springs protection, we will […]

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Land Management Critical to Florida State Parks

June 25, 2015   By Donald Forgione Director, Florida Park Service Donald Forgione has 27 years of land management experience with the Florida Park Service, serving in numerous roles from park ranger to director.   Florida’s State Park System has been consistently ranked among the best in the country. We’re the only parks system to […]

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Governor and Cabinet Approve Florida Forever Acquisition

June 24, 2015   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet members have approved a purchase of 1,502 acres within the Caber Coastal Connection Florida Forever project. The Cabinet agreed to pay $2.5 million for the parcel. This property will be managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and […]

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DEP Hosts Meeting to Advance Restoration of Volusia Blue Spring

June 23, 2015   DELAND, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites stakeholders and members of the public to a technical meeting to discuss restoration plans for Volusia Blue Spring and Run. At the meeting on June 30, DEP representatives will be discussing pollutant sources, funding opportunities and potential restoration projects. “The knowledge […]

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DEP Selects Seven Projects to Receive Parks and Recreational Grants

June 17, 2015   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has selected seven projects to receive federal funding, totaling $1.2 million, to improve recreational opportunities in five counties. The department’s Land and Recreation Grants Section administers the Land and Water Conservation Fund on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National […]

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DEP Hosts Meeting to Advance Restoration for Orange Creek Basin

June 16, 2015 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On June 22, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a meeting to discuss restoration plans for the Orange Creek Basin. DEP representatives will discuss pollutant sources, progress toward restoration and the development of additional restoration goals. “Our work doesn’t end once we have adopted a restoration plan,” […]

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