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Stormwater Pollution to Lower St. Johns River Controlled

Article: Stormwater Pollution to Lower St. Johns River Controlled

ATLANTIC BEACH, Florida, November 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Lower St. Johns River will run cleaner now that a stormwater retrofitting project is complete at the City of Atlantic Beach. “The Hopkins Creek Project was originally proposed after storms repeatedly flooded residences and streets,” said Atlantic Beach Mayor John Meserve. The 1.7 acre Hopkins Creek…

Florida Forever Acquisition Protects Fresh, Pure Spring

Article: Florida Forever Acquisition Protects Fresh, Pure Spring

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, November 20, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Charlie Crist and Cabinet today approved the purchase of 54.74 acres of land bordering the Natural Bridge Historic State Park in Leon County about 10 miles south of Tallahassee. This Florida Forever purchase protects Natural Bridge Springs – one of Florida’s 33 First Magnitude Springs – those…

Florida Attempts Recycling of Campaign Signs

Article: Florida Attempts Recycling of Campaign Signs

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, October 20, 2008 (ENS) – As early voting begins in Florida for the November 4 general election, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging candidates for political office and citizens to recycle campaign signs at the end of the election process. Recycling paper materials like campaign signs keeps waste out of landfills…

Florida Fines Lockheed Martin $50,000 for Tainted Water Discharge

Article: Florida Fines Lockheed Martin $50,000 for Tainted Water Discharge

TALLEVAST, Florida, October 13, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today reached a legal agreement with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to resolve violations that occurred when about 5,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was released from the company’s on-site pump and treat system in the small town of Tallevast on Florida’s west coast.…

Oceans and Coasts Drive Florida's Economic Engine

Article: Oceans and Coasts Drive Florida's Economic Engine

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, October 1, 2008 (ENS) – After some serious number-crunching, the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council has determined that Florida’s coastal economy contributed over $562 billion in revenue to the state and Florida’s ocean economy contributed $25 billion in just one year – 2006. Florida’s coastal counties contribute about 79 percent of the state’s…

Florida Property Owners Must Allow Beach Nourishment

Article: Florida Property Owners Must Allow Beach Nourishment

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, September 30, 2008 (ENS) – After four years of legal battles, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that beach nourishment does not infringe on the rights of property owners along the beaches of Destin in Walton County. Located along the panhandle in Northwest Florida, the county has 26 miles of white sandy beaches.…

Florida's Environment Agency Makes Do With Smaller Budget

Article: Florida's Environment Agency Makes Do With Smaller Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, June 11, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Charlie Crist Wednesday signed into law a stripped down $66 billion budget that provides just $2 billion to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, to preserve and enhance the state’s land and water resources. Florida’s environmental programs have lost roughly one billion dollars per year over…

Florida Adopts Two River Basin Action Plans

Article: Florida Adopts Two River Basin Action Plans

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, May 18, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Thursday announced adoption of two river basin management action plans about 100 miles apart – both of which will require better stormwater management measures. The Long Branch Basin Management Action Plan, developed in partnership with Orange County and the Florida Department of…

Florida Asks Citizens to Report Environmental Crime

Article: Florida Asks Citizens to Report Environmental Crime

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, april 14, 2008 (ENS) – Public outreach and education will help increase awareness of environmental crimes, and when people are aware of such crimes, they will report them to law enforcement authorities, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP. The state agency intends to encourage this type of reporting by participating…

Stormwater to Florida's Lake Lafayette Will Be Controlled

Article: Stormwater to Florida's Lake Lafayette Will Be Controlled

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $85,496 in grant funding to the Ochlockonee River Soil and Water Conservation District to help control stormwater runoff. The project will capture and clean urban runoff before entering the Lake Lafayette watershed in Tallahassee, as well as provide stormwater education…

Florida Celebrates Oceans Day

Article: Florida Celebrates Oceans Day

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, March 12, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today joined public and private partners to celebrate Florida Oceans Day at the Capitol. The annual event recognizes people and organizations who work to make the state’s oceans and coasts cleaner, healthier and more productive. The theme of this year’s celebration is…

Everglades Restoration Continues Despite Water Scarcity

Article: Everglades Restoration Continues Despite Water Scarcity

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, March 8, 2008 (ENS) – South Florida experienced a severe water shortage during Water Year 2007, more than a foot below historic averages for the region. From May 1, 2006 to April 31, 2007, low rainfall reduced flows across the entire region, according the annual report released Tuesday by Florida state…

Three Florida Agencies Boost Recycling in State Buildings

Article: Three Florida Agencies Boost Recycling in State Buildings

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 23, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Florida Department of Management Services have found ways to jointly enhance recycling opportunities in state office buildings as well as provide employment opportunities. As a pilot effort, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bob Martinez…

Online Tool Pinpoints Sand for Florida Beach Restoration

Article: Online Tool Pinpoints Sand for Florida Beach Restoration

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 12, 2008 (ENS) – Florida today debuted the first database in the country that identifies sand sources for beach restoration and nourishment projects. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, has compiled a comprehensive on-line tool for identifying suitable sand sources from Florida’s coastal waters. “With this new database, both the state…

Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

Article: Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 2, 2008 (ENS) – A team charged with developing a plan to achieve targets for statewide greenhouse gas reductions for Florida convened Friday to begin developing Phase Two of the plan with the help of stakeholders arrayed in six technical work groups. The Phase One report and recommendations were delivered to Governor…

Florida Identifies 272 Impaired Waterbodies for Cleanup

Article: Florida Identifies 272 Impaired Waterbodies for Cleanup

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, December 21, 2007 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, has identified five groups of waterbodies that are impaired and in need of water monitoring, cleanup and restoration. In the latest round of evaluating impairments in the surface waters of Florida, DEP Deputy Secretary Mimi Drew signed a final order on…