|Celebrate Greenways and Trails Month this October in Florida|
|Information, Audio, Video Available About Sinkholes From Florida Geological Survey
In order to provide useful information to the public and news media, the Florida Geological Survey and DEP Press Office have made available video, audio and a fact sheet about sinkholes, Florida’s geology and a recent $1.1 million grant to create a sinkhole vulnerability map. Florida Geological Survey Professional Geologist Clint Kromhout conducted an interview with The Florida Channel in its studio in The Florida Capitol Building. View Transcript An audio recording of the interview is available here.
|Tallahassee Wounded Warrior Walk
With a backdrop of live oaks draped in Spanish moss, and the sound of birds chirping, nearly 350 eager competitors ignored the rainy forecast to participate in the Wounded Warrior 5k race/walk held at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park on February 23. The gardens are an ideal location for events such as this with ample trail space for participants. After completing the race, there are additional trails that wind through the gardens that are blooming with seasonal flowers like azaleas and dogwoods. There are picnic pavilions and grills along the lakeshore and lots of room for the kids to run and play. View Transcript
|DEP Lab Tour
Staff from the Office of External Outreach and Public Education and the Press Office had the opportunity to attend a guided tour of the department’s lab complex at the Bob Martinez Center in Tallahassee. Laboratory scientists Timothy Fitzpatrick, David Whiting and Kathleen Lurding led the group through the laboratories, explaining the many functions the lab serves. View Transcription
|State Water Quality Rulemaking
The future of Florida’s environment and economy depend on the health of our waterways. That’s why one of the top priorities of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is getting Florida’s water right, in terms of quality and quantity. Drew Bartlett, DEP Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration Director, discusses state water quality rulemaking activity. View Transcript View Video.
|“Treasure Hunt” your way through Florida State Parks
Florida’s State Parks are full of opportunities to get outside and explore! And exploration is even more fun these days with the advent of geocaching, which enables modern day adventurers to use hand-held global positioning systems to “treasure hunt” without digging or compromising sensitive natural and cultural resources. Our state parks play host to some of the most scenic locations for caches in the nation. Find out more about geocaching in Florida state parks by visiting FloridaStateParks.org and be sure to search for caches in our state parks whenever you visit Geocaching.com. View Transcript
|Florida’s First Lady Honors International Literacy Day
On Sept. 8, Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott celebrated International Literacy Day. Second grade students listened while Mrs. Scott read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney. Overlooking beautiful Lake Hall at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, the students also completed a craft project, learned about the nature from park rangers and enjoyed a snack. View Transcript
|Numeric Nutrient Standards
Drew Bartlett, DEP’s Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration director, presents Numeric Nutrient Standards – proposed rules that set limits on the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen, also known as nutrients, allowed in Florida’s waterways – to the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation. View Transcript 1 – View Transcript 2