DEP Hosts Meeting for Orange Creek Basin Restoration Plan

March.27.2015 GAINESVILLE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites stakeholders – governmental representatives, scientists, environmental groups, agricultural operators and others – to attend a meeting addressing restoration of waterbodies in the Orange Creek Basin. DEP representatives will discuss the status of ongoing projects and sampling, the restoration plan schedule, and pollutant issues and sources […]

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State and Local Funds Awarded to the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative

March.25.2015 PALM BEACH COUNTY —State and local governments have committed a combined $4,150,000 to the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative, an interagency organization that protects Lake Worth Lagoon coastal habitats. With these extra funds, the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative will expand its restoration of seagrasses, mangroves and oyster reef habitats along with the construction of stormwater control projects. Coastline monitoring will assess the lagoon‘s […]

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Governor and Cabinet Approve Cross Florida Greenway Acquisition

March.24.2015 TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet agreed to purchase the Cross Florida Greenway to expand recreational opportunities for Florida families across the state. With hiking, biking, equestrian and paddling trails, boat ramps, fishing spots, campgrounds, playground and picnic shelters, the Greenway offers Floridians of all interests and ages a great place to […]

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DEP’s Coral Program Offers Free Classes to Encourage Coral Reef Protection

March.24.2015 MIAMI – In honor of “Earth Month” in April, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program will be teaching a variety of free, educational classes at the Biscayne Bay Environmental Center. April 2: 6-9 p.m. Professional Association of Diving Instructors Project Aware Class April 7: Noon-3 p.m. Stony Coral Identification Class  April 9: […]

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Ohio State University Students Learn About Coastal Issues in Tampa Bay

March.24.2015 TAMPA – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves partners with colleges and universities around the country to address environmental issues. The aquatic preserves provides students with hands-on experiences in coastal management. Nearly a dozen student groups collectively donate thousands of volunteer hours annually. “We are proud to partner with many prestigious […]

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Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Awards

March.24.2015 TALLAHASSEE – Today, during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman recognized four champions of service from across the state of Florida: the Legacy Mentor Program; Deputy Teddy Floyd of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office; Justin Lee of the Savannas Preserve State Park; and Becca Toland of the […]

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Medicine Collection Event

March.24.2015 April 4: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Operation Medicine Cabinet” Collection Event  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc., Walgreens, FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, FAMU’s Institute of Public Health, FSU’s Center for Biomedical and Toxicological Research, WTNT 94.9 and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, will […]

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DEP Awards More Than $17 Million in Interest-Free Loans to Opa-Locka for Rehabilitation of Wastewater Systems

March 23, 2015 TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is awarding an interest-free loan to the city of Opa-Locka as part of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. The $17.4 million loan will be used to replace aging drinking-water pipes, purchase new pump stations and install new treatment equipment. “The department is committed to […]

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Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Celebrates March as Seagrass Awareness Month

March.23.2015 MIAMI – Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves staff joined the Mayor of North Bay Village Connie Leon-Kreps, North Bay Village Commissioners and area residents, to discuss the importance of seagrasses to Miami-Dade County’s ecology and economy. Mayor Leon-Kreps read the official proclamation along the aquatic preserves shoreline with several seagrass species exhibited. “Awareness of the […]

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DEP’s South District and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council Host Brownfield Symposium

March.23.2015 FORT MYERS – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s South District, in partnership with the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, hosted the Third Annual Southwest Florida Brownfield Symposium on Friday, March 20. The workshop touted the economic, legal and practical aspects of brownfield redevelopment in Southwest Florida. “The Third Annual Brownfield Symposium was a […]

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DEP Hosts Public Meeting to Develop Restoration Goals for Two Lakes in the Ocklawaha River Basin

March 20, 2015 ORLANDO – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a public workshop today to further develop water quality restoration goals for Lakes Roberts and Marshall, waters located in the Ocklawaha River Basin. Both lakes are nutrient-enriched with excessive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous. “We work towards restoration alongside stakeholders and the public,” said […]

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Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Proclaims March as Seagrass Awareness Month

March.19.2015 WHO: Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves along with Mayor of North Bay Village, Connie Leon-Kreps, and the North Bay Village Commissioners are kicking off the 7th Annual Seagrass Awareness Month. WHAT: 7th Annual Seagrass Awareness Month Proclamation A free catamaran boat cruise guided by aquatic preserve biologists will be offered immediately following the proclamation ceremony. Cruise participants […]

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Upcoming Events at Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves in Miami

March.18.2015 March 18: 6-9 p.m. Green below the Blue: Marine Plant Species Identification Class March 20: 9 a.m.-noon Green below the Blue: Marine Plant Species Identification Class March 21: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Seagrass Awareness Month Proclamation with North Bay Village Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps April 11: 9:30-11:30 a.m. “Seinesational” seine-pulling and hands-on outdoor programs Activities are free, but require […]

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