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.
June 6 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Join LEC staff for this classroom presentation on the native lizards that live in Lyonia Preserve. Participants can meet Igor and Kai, the center’s animal ambassador lizards, and learn about the differences between exotic and native species.
Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eust...
June 9 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of estuaries while hiking through Spruce Creek Park, 6250 S. Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange. Participants will try their hand at seine netting and learn how to identify local fish, birds and plants. Wear closed-toe shoes.
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June 12 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Make a short paddle across the channel from Menard-May Park to explore local islands in the Indian River. Participants will seine net and hike to discover the wonders of the estuary. Wear closed toe water shoes and bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle....
June 13 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Many insects spit, spray, sting and bite in response to being disturbed or threatened. Sometimes an insect’s physical appearance itself can be a type of self-defense. Participants will learn about insects, scorpions, spiders and other creatures that use these tactics and how these adaptations have...
June 16 @8:30 am to 10:30 am
Bring your snorkel gear to explore the spring habitat and learn about the importance of springs while enjoying the crystal clear, 72 degree water. Participants must be able to swim. Those under age 18 must wear a personal flotation device and be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times. The par...
June 19 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Enjoy a backwater paddle through a maze of mangroves as you navigate oyster beds, learn about mosquito canals, and see a variety of birds. Bring a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard along with a life preserver and whistle. Meet at 598 S. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
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June 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Ephemeral wetlands appear and disappear depending on the amount of rainfall in the area. LEC staff will lead a hike into Lyonia Preserve to explain why these unique wetlands are a haven for many insects, reptiles, amphibians and birds.
Meet in Lyonia Environmental Center's classroom, 2...
June 20 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Bobcats are stealth hunters that can catch prey larger than themselves. Have you ever wondered how fast a bobcat can run or if they can swim or climb? Discover the answers to these questions and more interesting facts about this species.
Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., De...
June 27 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Gopher tortoises are known as the “landlord of the scrub” because their burrows provide shelter for hundreds of other animals. Without the gopher tortoise, many of these species would possibly not exist. Celebrate this reptile and the important role they play in the scrub ecosystem during a guid...
June 27 @1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Warmer weather can mean an increase in snake activity. LEC staff will provide an introduction to snakes, one of nature’s most misunderstood reptiles. After the presentation, participants will meet several reptile resident animal ambassadors and learn the important role these species play in our ec...