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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.

Environmental Interactive Map Tracker
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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

Explore Volusia: Highbridge paddle and fishing adventure

February 27 @8:30 am to 10:30 am
Learn about strategies for restoring mangroves, oysters and salt marsh in areas of the Tomoka River. Ethical angling will be discussed, and participants are encouraged to bring their fishing gear. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required to fish, and all regulations must be followed. Particip...

LEC - Scrub stroll

February 28 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call ...

LEC - Learn, explore, adventure and play

February 29 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Join LEC staff and volunteers for an afternoon of exploring the natural world through play. Children can meet the center’s animal ambassadors and choose whether to dig in the dirt, create a collaborative work of art, or nestle with a book in the center’s nature nook. Afterward, the group will ta...

LEC - 'Spring in the scrub' hike

March 1 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Search for signs of spring during this guided hike through Lyonia Preserve. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 2 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested;...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 6 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; cal...

LEC - Eco-buggy lunch and learn

March 7 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat as LEC and Explore Volusia staff lead an eco-buggy ride through Lyonia Preserve. Keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife. After the ride, the group will learn about a native reptile while enjoying brunch provided by the Friends ...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

March 7 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book "Ladybug." Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Edible natives for your garden

March 7 @1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Stacey Matrazzo, program manager for the Florida Wildflower Foundation, will discuss the edible, medicinal and nutritional properties of common native plants. Some species include many that are thought to be weeds in a typical landscape area. Matrazzo may help you see that your own backyard might be...

LEC - Environmental Earth Keepers

March 8 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Children ages 6-12 can enjoy this new program, which will help them gain knowledge about the world around them and promote environmental stewardship through direct contact with the natural world. Each program will include a lesson, craft and outdoor experience. This month’s topic will be the Flori...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 9 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested;...

LEC - The Nature of Things

March 12 @6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
In the informal style of a science café, Jennifer Mitchell of the St. Johns River Water Management District will lead an exploration of the origins of this valuable resource and the journey it makes as it travels to our homes and yards. Can you even imagine one day without water? How would your day...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 13 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested;...

LEC - Spring craft sensations

March 14 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Allow the beauty of spring to get your creative juices flowing. Participants will be guided through the steps to make a one of a kind upcycled bottle cap hyacinth craft. The group will use recycled materials and items from nature to make these seasonal masterpieces. Advance registration is reques...

LEC - St. Patty's Day fun

March 15 @2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
If you like shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold, prepare for St. Patty’s Day by making an upcycled take home craft while learning more about the holiday. Green lemonade will be served, and participants wearing green will be entered into a prize drawing. Meet at Lyonia Environmenta...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 16 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested; call...

LEC - Critter corner

March 18 @10:30 am to 11:30 am
Why do we see more reptiles when the weather gets warmer? Why do some animals act differently in the spring? Join an animal care volunteer to learn the answers to these questions and visit with some of center’s reptile ambassadors. This program is recommended for all ages. Meet at Lyonia Enviro...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails . Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

March 21 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Glass Wings.” Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. ...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

March 21 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Watch the PBS nature film “Animal Odd Couples” and learn about some of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable: a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub, a giant tortoise snuggling with a baby hippo, a black crow parenting a meerkat. Free popcorn will be served, and drinks will be ava...

LEC - What's your water footprint?

March 22 @3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Since 1993, the United Nations has observed March 22 as World Water Day. This day is meant to inspire you to reflect on the importance of water in our daily lives and also remember those who lack access to adequate drinking water supplies. We use water every day, not just to drink but to shower, was...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 23 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and ...

LEC - Scrub stroll

March 27 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday and Friday. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar-sand trails. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are requested and ...

LEC - Jay walking

March 28 @9:30 am to 11:00 am
Learn the calls of the Florida scrub jay and discover some fascinating facts about this threatened species. Afterward, the group will stroll into Lyonia Preserve to immerse themselves in the birds’ habitat and look for them hiding in the scrub. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them. M...

LEC - Fascinating fireflies

March 28 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The idea of fireflies or lightning bugs take many of us back to fond childhood summer evening memories. Did you know there are over 200 species of these enchanting creatures worldwide and over 50 species found in Florida, but not all of them produce light? Learn about this member of the beetle famil...

LEC - Popcorn and a movie

March 29 @2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
“The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” chronicles the flight of 100 million monarch butterflies across North America. NOVA flies with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. After the film, participants can cr...

Learn about low-volume irrigation

April 18 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Micro-irrigation systems are easy to install, inexpensive and versatile. They can help you save money, protect our precious water resources, and keep your landscape and garden healthy. Urban and residential horticulturist Joe Sewards will explain how and where to use these systems from 10...

St. Johns River Cleanup

May 20 @8:00 am to 11:00 am
Volunteers are needed for the 24th annual St. Johns River Cleanup, which will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2.  The goal is to clean 59 miles of waterway and river basin on land and in the water with the help of boaters and other volunteers. “This is a great opportunit...

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