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Environmental Management

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,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 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.

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Get involved

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

Green Volusia

Green Volusia is Volusia County Goverment's 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

Employees in this division 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 - Sensational sea creatures

September 26 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Sea stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins comprise a distinct group of invertebrates known as echinoderms. Learn about their anatomy, feeding habits, the important role they play in nature, and their connectio With social distancing in mind, each program will be limited to eight persons. Participa...

LEC - Planting for pollinators

September 29 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely stroll through the LEC’s pollinator gardens and learn how to create an inviting habitat for these important nectar-seeking species. Staff will discuss the types of plants that attract pollinators. With social distancing in mind, each program will be limited to eight person...

Explore Volusia: Blue Spring paddle

October 1 @9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Explore the waters near Blue Spring State Park while learning about local wildlife and the area’s history. During this seven-mile paddle, participants will paddle through history by taking old logging canals back through Snake Creek. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life ...

LEC - 'Let's go nuts' hike

October 3 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Enjoy nature under the sky while exploring oak tree species and the acorns they produce in Lyonia Preserve. To allow for social distancing, the program will be limited to 10 persons. Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Meet at Lyon...

Explore Volusia: Deep Creek bike-about

October 3 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a six- to eight-mile ride around Deep Creek Preserve and learn about the 8,000-acre site’s forestry, agricultural history and plant communities. The cyclists will follow an unpaved road as they search for the elusive Sherman’s fox squirrel. Bring a helmet and a bike with larger tires. Meet ...

LEC - Native plants for Florida gardens

October 10 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Join the Florida Wildlife Foundation for this virtual program featuring Stacey Matrazzo, program manager and co-author of “Native Plants for Florida Gardens.” Matrazzo will highlight a selection of species and explain how to use them to transform your landscape into a living ecosystem with real ...

LEC - Creature feature

October 13 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
LEC staff will share interesting facts about the Florida black bear, track and scat molds, and other educational items relating to this amazing animal. They will also discuss their natural habitats, behaviors and the important role they plan in the local ecosystems. To allow for social distancing...

LEC - Saturday soundwalk

October 17 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Staff from the Atlantic Center for the Arts will lead this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve, focusing on the sounds and rhythms of the natural and urban worlds. Participating in a soundwalk can help people of all ages relieve stress, gain focus and develop a deeper understanding of how humans fit...

LEC - Feathered friends

October 24 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Feathers are good for flying, but they also help birds do much more than soar through the sky. Staff will discuss the various types and functions of feathers and share information about some citizen science projects, such as the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project Feederwatch and the Great Backya...

LEC - Autumn leaves

October 28 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Learn about the magic of leaf structures and photosynthesis during this virtual program. As fall weather approaches, a seasonal change kicks off a chemical reaction within tree leaves, creating an array of autumn colors. Gather some backyard leaves, paper and crayons to follow along with LEC staff i...

LEC - 'Creepy, crawling creatures' hike

October 31 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Discover what arthropod and insect species may be out and during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve. To allow for social distancing, the program will be limited to 10 persons. Registration is required; call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Meet at Lyoni...

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123 W. Indiana Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 736-2700

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