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.
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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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.
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 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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Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
Employees in this division protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat conservation, restoration, education, and enhancement initiatives.
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.
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.
January 19 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about restoration in areas of the Tomoka River and strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marshes. The importance of these habitats and some of the creatures that inhabit them will also be discussed. Bring a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver and wh...
January 20 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Observe a variety of habitats, including uplands and pine mesic flatwoods, during this scenic hike through Clark Bay Conservation Area, a wildlife corridor with a five-mile looping trail. Directions will be provided upon registration.
With social distancing in mind, this program will be limited t...
January 21 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Did you know squirrels use a wide range of calls to communicate? In honor of National Squirrel Appreciation Day, discover more about these acrobatic, smart and adaptable creatures. LEC staff will discuss their natural habitats, behaviors and the important role they play in local ecosystems during th...
January 23 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Join LEC staff on a leisurely walk through Lyonia Preserve’s trails to see which birds are out and about. Winter visitors such as American robins and Eastern phoebes may be sighted among the preserve’s Florida Scrub jay residents.
Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave.,...
January 26 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Enjoy one of the few remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida’s east coast. Participants will start at the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the South, and hike a small trail around this historic area. Meet at Bulow Creek State Park, 3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormo...
January 30 @1:30 pm to 12:30 pm
Learn about these unique Florida treasures, their diet, behaviors and seasonal travels during this virtual and classroom program. Staff will also discuss volunteer opportunities, such as Manatee Watch, and how you can help one of Florida’s most precious species.
Participants can join the progra...
February 6 @10:00 am to 10:30 am
Children ages 2 to 7 can enjoy a reading of “Snowy Valentine” 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. ...
February 16 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Did you know alligators have been known to dig tunnels 65 feet long to protect themselves against extreme weather conditions? During this classroom presentation, an environmental specialist will share interesting facts about these resilient cold blooded reptilians.
Meet at Lyonia Environmen...
February 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about different plants and how their relationships with other species help provide a more sustainable ecosystem. Wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on sugar-sand trails.
Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.
To allow fo...
February 27 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Watch as LEC employees feed their marine animal ambassadors a delicious lunch of krill, seaweed and shrimp. Participants will learn which critters enjoy this meal, the unique methods they use to eat their meals, and the important roles they play in the ecosystem.
With social distanc...