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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

Explore Volusia: Lake George eco-buggy tour

April 20 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and marsh while riding Volusia County’s eco-buggy. Lake George has the second highest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states, so participants may see one. Meet at 998 Ninemile Point Road, Seville. With social distancing in mind, this ...

Volusia Forever listening session

April 21 @6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will host five community listening sessions to give residents an opportunity to comment about the program’s future. Listening sessions will be held at these times and locations: 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the second-floor county council chambers ...

Explore Volusia: Night paddle of Indian River

April 22 @7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Skilled paddlers can explore the lagoon and witness its beauty under the night sky. Participants may see and hear a variety of organisms, including the extremely important horseshoe crab, whose blue blood saves lives. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, along with a life preserver, whi...

LEC - 'Florida's fabulous frogs' hike

April 24 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Hop on over to the LEC and welcome the arrival of a new season and emerging amphibians. The group will stroll out to Lyonia Preserve’s ephemeral pond in search of the sweet sounds of frogs chorusing. Staff will go over some of Florida’s native amphibians, the important role they play in our ec...

Explore Volusia: Scrub Oak Preserve

April 24 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Learn about the importance of scrub habitat, water recharge zones and keystone species while hiking through Scrub Oak Preserve. Participants will hike one mile of trails and get an up-close look at the conversation area’s land management practices. Meet at 1495 McGregor Road, DeLand. ...

Explore Volusia: Bike-about Spruce Creek

April 28 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Learn about the local ecosystem as you ride a segment of Martin Dairy Trails in Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Moderate skill is preferred due to rough terrain, soft sands, and up and down hills. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Turn north off Turnbull Bay Road just off Pioneer Trail and meet in the...

Volusia Forever listening session

April 28 @6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will host five community listening sessions to give residents an opportunity to comment about the program’s future. Listening sessions will be held at these times and locations: 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the second-floor county council chambers ...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

May 1 @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 “Ten Little Caterpillars.” Afterward, they can take a short, guided hike through Lyonia Preserve to experience the sights and sounds of the outdoors. Participation is limited to 10 persons to allow for ...

Volusia Forever listening session

May 5 @6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will host five community listening sessions to give residents an opportunity to comment about the program’s future. Listening sessions will be held at these times and locations: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in the second-floor conference room of Beach Sa...

LEC - Mother's Day wildflower walk

May 8 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Bring your mom, or someone special who has been like a mom to you, and enjoy a guided stroll through the trails of Lyonia Preserve. This activity is appropriate for avid hikers and those who just want to spend some time outdoors in nature. To allow for social distancing, the program will be limi...

Volusia Forever listening session

May 12 @6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will host five community listening sessions to give residents an opportunity to comment about the program’s future. Listening sessions will be held at these times and locations: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in the city commission chambers of Ormond Beac...

LEC - Pointless pollution

May 15 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Participants in this virtual program will learn about local water quality issues and ways to reduce their contribution to water pollution. This program, which is appropriate for adults and teens, is funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. An online link will be provided to re...

Volusia Forever listening session

May 19 @6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will host five community listening sessions to give residents an opportunity to comment about the program’s future at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, in the Deltona Regional Library auditorium, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona Volusia Forever staff and advisory b...

LEC - Saturday 'shellabration'

May 22 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Did you know that tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises? Celebrate World Turtle Day in the LEC’s Discovery Room by exploring the differences, picking up some fun facts about local species, and meeting the center’s resident turtle ambassadors. Staff will also discuss some ...

LEC - Ecotones and ecosystems hike

May 29 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
An ecotone is a transitional area between two ecological communities; one example is a shift from a terrestrial to an aquatic ecosystem. Join LEC staff on a hike through Lyonia Preserve and learn how these overlapping areas are some of the richest areas of biodiversity. Staff will discuss the plants...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

June 5 @10:00 am to 10:30 am
Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “In the Small, Small Pond.” Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

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