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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 - It's a shellabration!

November 28 @1:30 pm to 2:30 am
Learn the differences between turtles and tortoises, pick up some fun facts about local species, and meet the LEC’s resident turtle ambassadors. Staff will also discuss some citizen science projects, such as Watchback Watchers, and learn how the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tr...

LEC - Virtual storytime

December 3 @10:00 am to 10:30 am
Children ages 2 to 7 can enjoy a reading of “Bears” and then follow along as an LEC volunteer guides them virtually through an activity. An adult must register and be present throughout the program. An online link and list of activity supplies will be provided upon registration.  ...

LEC - Eco-buggy tour

December 5 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat during this riding tour of Lyonia Preserve. Keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife as an environmental specialist discusses the unique habitat. There is a limit of eight participants for this program.   Registration is ...

LEC - 'Looking for lichens' hike

December 12 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Did you hear the story of a fungus meeting an algae? They took a “lichen” to each other! Lichens are nature’s true love story. Venture out into Lyonia Preserve to explore the various lichens of the scrub habitat. To allow for social distancing, the program will be limited to 10 persons. Reg...

LEC - Creature feature

December 17 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
During this classroom presentation, an environmental specialist will share fun facts about Florida’s rabbit species; show track and scat molds; and explain their natural habitats, behaviors and the important role they play in the local ecosystem. To allow for social distancing, the program will...

LEC - 'Winter sunset over Lyonia' hike

December 17 @4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Enjoy a panoramic sunset over Lyonia Preserve during this guided hike. Bring a flashlight and wear closed-toe shoes. 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&...

LEC - Virtual winter tree art

December 19 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Children ages 5 to 8 can pick up some fun facts about snowflakes and create their own winter tree art piece. An adult must register and be present throughout the program. An online link and list of activity supplies will be provided upon registration.   To allow for social distancing, ...

LEC - 'Stop, breathe and listen' hike

December 26 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Take a relaxing stroll through Lyonia Preserve with an environmental specialist. Participants will stop and observe different sounds in the preserve while taking in all nature has to offer. To allow for social distancing, the program will be limited to 10 persons. Registration is required; cal...

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

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