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Environmental Management

Fertilizer ordinance

MSC Strategic Plan Final 2013

Meeting on the Blue Spring Alliance Forum

Wetlands Ordinance Discussion

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.

Education materials

These educational materials provide residents and visitors with information on coastal wildlife and the County's Lighting Ordinance. Order FREE brochures, newsletters, posters, table top tents and more.

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.

Lyonia Environmental Center

The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) provides visitors with a unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems. The center promotes an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces. The Lyonia Environmental Center occupies 4,000 square feet of the Deltona Regional Library complex.

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

LEC - 'Early bird gets the worm' hike through Lyonia Preserve

July 11 @8:30 am to 9:30 am
LEC education staff will lead this hike into Lyonia Preserve to see which native birds are out and about searching for food. Bring your binoculars and cameras for this birding opportunity! This program is free. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are...

LEC - 'Fun in the sun' workshop

July 11 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Too hot for the kids outside? Join us inside to learn how to harness the sun to make your very own solar print and UV bracelet. You can even make an ocean in a bottle to take home. This free program, recommended for children 5 and older, is sponsored by the Friends of Lyonia Environme...

LEC - Sea turtle conservation

July 12 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Have you ever wondered how sea turtles are protected in Volusia County? The New Smyrna Beach Turtle Trackers, a local volunteer organization, will discuss sea turtle species, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help protect them! This program is free.    Reservations ...

LEC - 'Eyewitness Insect'

July 18 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Why is it so hard to swat a fly? How do insect wings work? These questions and more will be answered and explored when you join LEC staff to watch a film that zooms into a world of these interesting creatures. Afterward, stick around to examine some really cool insect specimens u...

LEC - Recycle the rain!

July 18 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Learn about rain barrels and water conservation during this workshop. Participants will learn how to make rain barrels, where to place them, how to use the collected water, and other ways to conserve water and save money. A limited number of rain barrels will be available to be purchased following w...

LEC - DIY eco-friendly tote bag craft

July 19 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Bring a T-shirt or pillowcase to the LEC classroom and repurpose it into a recycled eco-friendly tote bag! This program is free.   Meet in the Lyonia Environmental Center classroom, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling&nbsp...

LEC - Snakes of Florida

July 25 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Did you know Florida is home to 46 species of snakes, including six that are venomous? Join the LEC education staff in our classroom where we will learn about some of the more commonly encountered species. Following the presentation, meet some of our resident snake ambassadors. This program is free....

LEC: Eyewitness Shark

July 26 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Watch the DVD “Eyewitness Shark” and discover fascinating facts about these apex predators. Free popcorn will be provided. After the movie, participants can make a shark-themed craft.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. 

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

August 1 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom for a free showing of “Eyewitness Reptile” which takes a zoological journey into the cold-blooded world of reptiles. After the movie, participants can meet the LEC’s reptile ambassadors. Popcorn will be provided. Water, soda, can...

LEC - Armed and dangerous

August 8 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
LEC staff will take participants on a classroom exploration of some of our native poisonous and armed plants. Learn what makes these plants so successful in survival and the things that protect them in the wild. Specimens will be on hand after the presentation for you to examine. This program i...

LEC - 'Beat the heat' workshop

August 8 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Looking for fun things to do with the kids this summer? Come join LEC staff for this creative workshop where kids will learn how to make ice cream in a bag, homemade lava lamps and more! This program is recommended for children ages 7 and up, and the fee is $3 per participant. This program...

LEC - Sunday afternoon craft

August 9 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Come join the LEC staff in making a recycled and eco-friendly desk organizer for your desk at home, school or the office. This program is free.    Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 386-789-7207, ext. 21...

LEC - 'Early bird gets the worm' hike

August 15 @8:30 am to 9:30 am
LEC education staff will lead this hike into Lyonia Preserve to see which native birds are out and about searching for food. Bring your binoculars and cameras for this birding opportunity! This program is free. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are...

LEC - Summer days, firefly nights

August 15 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Fireflies all over the world are disappearing!  During this free indoor workshop LEC staff will discuss some of the species of fireflies, why they are important, and what we can do to help preserve them.   Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservation...

LEC - Nature writing workshop

August 16 @1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Ever wondered how to write about nature? Learn the basics of nature writing from Dr. Mary Pollock, a professor at Stetson University. After learning the basics, you will spend some time exploring the trails of Lyonia Preserve to compose your own nature writing piece. You will have the option to disp...

LEC - Sustainable seafood

August 22 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
In 2012, Florida ranked among the top 12 states for fresh seafood. In addition, Florida has about 347 seafood processing plants! Join LEC staff in taking a look at the seafood industry, and learn about the current state of our fisheries and how to make sustainable seafood choices. Participants will ...

LEC - 'Candy science' workshop

August 22 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
What happens when you put candy into a liquid? LEC staff will conduct fun candy experiments such as "Skittles chromatography" and “Floating letters," allowing participants to observe and learn some sweet science. This program is recommended for children ages 6 and up. Registration is...

LEC - Family game day

August 23 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bring the whole family to LEC’s classroom any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to play environmentally themed board games and be scientists for the afternoon while examining specimens under a microscope. Spend some time learning about our live animal ambassadors, including the blue-tongued skink...

Bats: Nature's natural insect repellent

August 29 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Members of some bat species can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes an hour. A bat box can provide native Florida bats with a much-needed safe place to live. They will return the favor by eating insects around your yard! During this workshop participants will learn the importance of bats, the benefits that c...

LEC - Jumpin' jellyfish

August 30 @3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
There are more than 200 species of jellyfish found worldwide. Learn what they eat, where they are found, who eats them, what you should do if you are stung, and many more interesting things about the amazing jellyfish. Kids of all ages can make a take-home jellyfish craft following the discussion.&n...

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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