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Environmental Management

Documentation for the Fertilizer Rule

MSC Strategic Plan Final 2013

Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve Press Release

Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve Proposed Trail and Recreation Plan map

Our mission:  To preserve, protect and restore the region's unique environmental natural resources and improve and enhance the enjoyment and health of a growing population; to achieve a balance between the quality of the environment and economic interests of our citizens.

Our goal:  Ensure that development proceeds without compromising our environment. To accomplish this goal each of the various program areas issue permits and conduct routine inspections for compliance with both the county adopted minimum standards and ordinances for environmental protection. Through intergovernmental agency agreements, Environmental Management also represents and assists with enforcement of selected state and federal regulations.

Another facet of environmental protection is pollution prevention and clean up. Appropriate program staff investigate citizen complaints and violations. Emergency situations such as hazardous substance spills, petroleum tank leaks, fish kills, air pollution episodes, etc., are reported to Environmental Management for assessment and action.

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Educational opportunities

Volusia County has many programs that offer opportunities for youth, adults, seniors, and groups to get involved in making a difference in the community while learning about the environment.

Environmental groups

Learn about all environmental groups in Volusia County.

Environmental Permitting

Environmental Permitting is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the county's environmental ordinances, which include trees, wetlands, gopher tortoises, and Class II Overlay.

Get involved

Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.

Green Volusia

Green Volusia is Volusia County Goverments initiative to promote the sustainable use of county resources. Find out how you and your family can GO GREEN! Our website is full of helpful tips and tools for going green.

Land Management

The Land Management activity is responsible for the management, enhancement and restoration of 38,000 acres of conservation lands in Volusia County.

Marine Science Center

The Marine Science Center offers a wide variety of programs and activities for children and adults throughout the year. Students young and old can discover the many wonders of bird and marine life in environmentally rich Volusia County. 

Natural Resources

Natural Resources employees protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat conservation, restoration, education and enhancement initiatives.

Pollution Control

Pollution Control is responsible for protecting our water resources by water quality and quantity monitoring, ensuring the proper disposal of solid waste, waste water, hazardous waste and encouraging water conservation.

Protected species

Volusia County is home to many protected species. Maintaining ecosystems is essential to conserving and protecting these and other species of animals in the county.

Upcoming events

Guided hike of Hickory Bluff Preserve

September 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the jewel of Volusia County’s conservation lands. Walk the shoreline of a natural section of the St. Johns River and experience diverse Florida habitats including pine flatwoods, oak hammock, cypress dome and swamp. Meet at Hickory Bluff Preserve, 598 Guise Road, Osteen.   Regis...

Public meeting re: Spruce Creek Preserve plan

September 3 @6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Volusia County staff will accept public comments on a draft trail and recreation plan for the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach.                   &...

Marine Science Center volunteer orientation

September 6 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volunteer orientation is offered from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month.  The minimum age for general volunteers is 16. Volunteers working with sea turtles and aquarium maintenance must be at least 18.  Reserve your spot at least five days in advance by calling 386-304-...

Guided hike of Heart Island

September 9 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Hike through a section of Heart Island Conservation Area, which is co-owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District and Volusia County. Explore this sandhill plant community and learn about the area’s agricultural history and restoration. Meet at 6348 Lake Winona Road, DeLeon Springs....

Bike-about on the Rail Trail

September 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Ride the first segment of the East Central Regional Rail Trail and experience the natural world along the way. Participants will ride the paved trail from Green Springs Park to State Road 415 and back – an 11-mile round trip. All ages and abilities are welcome. Bicycle helmets are required. Me...

Guided hike of Lyonia Preserve

September 19 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the endangered Florida scrub habitat and what makes it such a special place. Hikers will see scrub plants and animals and meet Lyonia’s most precious resident, the Florida scrub jay. Land management practices and prescribed fires will also be discussed. Participants can tour Lyonia...

International Coastal Cleanup

September 20 @8:00 am to 10:30 am
Please join us for the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup and 26th annual Halifax/Indian River Cleanup. Registration will be open from Aug. 1 through Sept. 10.   Click here for more information and to register. Please only register your number of participants online once...

Guided hike of Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve

September 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Hike a beautiful one-mile trail through hardwood hammock and scrub. Meet at 2317 Creek Shore Trail, New Smyrna Beach.  Registration is requested and may be made by contacting Volusia County’s Environmental Management office at 386-736-5927 or elm@volusia.org.   Participants ar...

Marine Science Center volunteer orientation

October 4 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volunteer orientation is offered from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month.  The minimum age for general volunteers is 16. Volunteers working with sea turtles and aquarium maintenance must be at least 18.  Reserve your spot at least five days in advance by calling 386-304-...

Marine Science Center volunteer orientation

November 1 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volunteer orientation is offered from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month.  The minimum age for general volunteers is 16. Volunteers working with sea turtles and aquarium maintenance must be at least 18.  Reserve your spot at least five days in advance by calling 386-304-...

Bird Fest

November 15 @10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Celebrate our feathered friends at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet. The event will include music, food and wildlife demonstrations.

Marine Science Center volunteer orientation

December 6 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Volunteer orientation is offered from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month.  The minimum age for general volunteers is 16. Volunteers working with sea turtles and aquarium maintenance must be at least 18.  Reserve your spot at least five days in advance by calling 386-304-...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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