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EPA Approves DEP’s Air Monitoring Network Plan for 2013

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s 2013 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan for 2013 has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Per a letter from EPA dated Nov. 22, the agency approved the Department’s plan, which includes 206 air monitors placed strategically throughout the state, covering 91 percent of Floridians. Florida, […]

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DEP Assists SFWMD In Acquiring Key Everglades Restoration Land

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today assisted in the closing of a purchase of 1,800 acres in Palm Beach County that will help provide freshwater flows to the Loxahatchee River and repurpose the L-8 Reservoir to serve as a key component of Governor Rick Scott’s Everglades Restoration Strategies plan. The Department will use $26 […]

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DEP Participates in Florida Recycles Day at the Capitol

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. joined the Florida Recycling Partnership and industry representatives at the Florida Capitol today to promote awareness of recycling in Florida, particularly in the commercial sector. Thirteen Industry representatives including Waste Management, Recycle Florida Today and the Florida Beverage Association set up information booths to educate Capitol […]

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Award-winning State Parks Still Open, Unaffected During Shutdown

TALLAHASSEE –Despite a federal government shutdown, Florida’s 171 award-winning state parks, greenways and trails are open for business to ensure Floridians and visitors can enjoy the state’s natural, cultural and historic resources. Floridians and visitors may enjoy Florida’s famous sunshine by visiting state parks and state trails for family friendly fun, such as fishing, swimming, […]

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Department Completes Statewide Rulemaking to Protect Surface Waters, Wetlands

TALLAHASSEE – A more than yearlong rulemaking process to provide more consistency for environmental resource permitting, which affects surface waters and wetlands, goes into effect today. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida’s five water management districts previously used at least five different versions of the rules, which regulate permits designed to regulate activities […]

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U.S. EPA Approves DEP’s Dissolved Oxygen Criteria to Protect Aquatic Life

TALLAHASSEE – The United States Environmental Protection Agency has approved the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s water quality criteria governing the oxygen levels needed in waterways to protect the aquatic species living there. Water quality criteria are also used to determine the health of the state’s waterways and appropriately guide restoration where needed, and are […]

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Silver Springs to Open as a State Park Tuesday

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks welcomes Florida’s most iconic spring – Silver Springs – into its award- winning parks system on Tuesday. In merging with Silver River State Park, the property will consist of 4,660 acres of uplands, wetlands and submerged lands that surround the Silver Springs […]

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Statement From DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. Regarding EPA Action Today On Numeric Nutrient Criteria

TALLAHASSEE – “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the DEP’s numeric nutrient criteria for numerous estuaries of Florida including those in the Panhandle, Big Bend and Springs Coast. This brings to 100 percent the Florida estuaries with protective state nutrient standards in place. “Florida has now fulfilled its obligations under the path forward agreement […]

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Department Completes First Ever Collaboration Agreement For Regional Beach Management

DELRAY BEACH –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection joined key stakeholders Thursday in Delray Beach to celebrate the finalization a first-of-its-kind agreement to jointly manage a 15-mile stretch of beach, laying the foundation for regional beach management.   The year-long process led to an agreement by the Department and local governments for a stretch of beach from the […]

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Governor Scott Announces Nearly $37 Million Investment For Springs Projects

ORLANDO – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced ten water quality and water quantity springs improvement projects. Funding for the spring projects was leveraged from a $10 million investment from the Florida Families First Budget, more than $1 million from Department of Environmental Protection funding, and investments from local partners, for a total of nearly $37 […]

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