Rookery Bay Reserve Debuts New Seventh Grade Field Trip Program

March.2.2015 NAPLES – Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has launched a new seventh grade field trip program, which welcomed its first class in late February. For more than 30 years, Rookery Bay Reserve has been a front-runner in environmental education for Collier County students. “We are excited to offer this unique learning experience to […]

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DEP Hosts Update Meeting for Lower St. Johns River Tributaries

March.2.2015 JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting an annual update meeting for two restoration plans covering 25 Lower St. Johns River tributaries. WHAT:      Meeting to Discuss Lower St. Johns River Tributaries Restoration Plans WHEN:      Thursday, March 5                   9 a.m. – noon WHERE:    DEP Northeast District Office                   Conference Rooms 1A and 1B                   8800 Baymeadows Way […]

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State Park to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Battle of Natural Bridge

March.02.2015 TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park will host the annual reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge on March 7 and 8. Natural Bridge is recognized as the site of the second largest Civil War battle in Florida. In addition to being a historic landmark, the […]

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DEP Staff Member Receives Engineer of the Year Award

Feb.27.2015 TAMPA – Florida Department of Environmental Protection employee Ryan Martin received the Engineer of the Year award from the Tampa Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society (FES). Twelve local engineering societies presented their annual awards at the Tampa Bay Engineers Week Banquet at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa. Martin works as a […]

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Saft America’s Jacksonville Facility Recognized by DEP for Outstanding Recycling Effort

Feb.26.2015 Pictured from left to right: Jody Beasley, Saft, Jacksonville Facility; Ron Green, Quality Engineer, Saft, Jacksonville Facility; Chris Kaniut, General Manager, Saft, Jacksonville Facility; Thomas J. Alcide, President, Saft America, Inc.; and Greg Strong, DEP’s Northeast District Director JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District recently recognized Saft America’s Jacksonville facility […]

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Salt Marsh Restoration Work to Begin Adjacent to Smith Creek Landing at North Peninsula State Park

Feb.23.2015 ORMOND BY THE SEA – Work is set to begin this week on phase four of the salt marsh restoration project at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s North Peninsula State Park in Volusia County. During this phase of the project, the park’s Coastal Strand nature trail will be closed. Notices will be posted […]

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DEP Continues Restoration Efforts for Upper Ocklawaha River Basin

Feb.23.2015 TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites local governments, scientists, environmentalists, agricultural producers and other interested parties to a restoration plan development workshop for the Upper Ocklawaha Basin targeting Lake Harris, Palatlakaha River, Trout Lake, Lake Yale and Lake Carlton. WHAT:      Restoration Plan Development Meeting for Upper Ocklawaha River WHEN:      Feb. 25, […]

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DEP Observes National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Feb.23.2015 TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service encourages Florida residents to join us in observing National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28. Across the nation, land managers are raising awareness and identifying solutions to the invasive species issues at local and state levels. In Florida, a similar focus helps residents identify easy […]

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Get Outside and Celebrate Florida Hiking Trails Month As You Explore Trails Funded by the Recreational Trails Program

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and people of all ages to experience the beauty and wonder of natural Florida by planning a hiking trip along a Recreational Trails Program-funded trail. As Florida Hiking Trails Month comes to an end, now is the perfect time to get outdoors, enjoy the […]

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DEP Seeks Service Provider for Visitor Services at Oleta River State Park

Feb.20.2015 NORTH MIAMI – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has released two Calls for Business Plans seeking service providers for Oleta River State Park. Possible services include food and beverage sales, recreational equipment rentals, guided tours, merchandise sales and special events coordination at Oleta River State Park and/or the Blue Marlin […]

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DEP Presents 2014 Plant Excellence Awards to Northwest Florida Water Facility Operators

Feb.19.2015 PANAMA CITY – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today presented the 2014 Plant Operations Excellence Awards to five northwest Florida drinking water and domestic wastewater facilities at the annual “Focus On Change”Seminar. Drinking water facility award recipients included the Bay County Water Treatment Plant, Destin Water Users, Inc., Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Elgin Air […]

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DEP Seeks Provider for Visitor Services at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Feb.19.2015 FORT LAUDERDALE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has released a call for business plans seeking a service provider at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Possible services include food and beverage sales, recreational equipment rentals, merchandise sales and special event coordination. Last fiscal year more than 299,000 people visited Hugh […]

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DEP Hosts Public Meeting to Develop Restoration Goals for Crescent Lake

Feb.17.2015 BUNNELL – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting today to further the development of restoration goals to reduce nutrients in Crescent Lake. The restoration goals under development are known as TMDLs, or total maximum daily loads. A TMDL defines the maximum amount of a certain pollutant that may be present for the […]

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