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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 - Sustainability and Resilience

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 - The scorpion's sting

November 27 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Scorpions are arachnids, close relatives of spiders, ticks and mites. There are over 1,500 species worldwide, but Florida is home to only a few of them. Learn how to recognize these species and pick up some interesting facts about their anatomy during this in-person and online program. Staff will al...

LEC - 'Trim the fat' hike

November 28 @10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Did you overdo it with all those Thanksgiving goodies? Burn some calories and learn about the importance of scrub habitat during this hike over the “hills” of Lyonia Preserve. Bring water, wear closed toed shoes, and be prepared to hike for two miles on unpaved sugar sand trails. Registration...

LEC - Fur, feathers and scales

November 28 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Humans wear jackets, hats and boots to protect them from the elements. Animals, however, have these layers already built in. Whether it helps them to stay warm or provides protection from predators, animal coverings help them survive in their natural habitats. After this in-person and online present...

LEC - Scrub stroll

November 29 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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 386-789-720...

LEC - Tiny trekkers

December 4 @10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Children ages 2 to 5 can take a short hike, make a take-home craft, and listen to the book “Snowy Nap.” Reservations are requested; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.  Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona.

LEC - Poinsettias 101

December 4 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Introduced to the United States in the 1800s, the poinsettia has become known as the Christmas flower and is used in many decorations this time of year. Learn more about this iconic holiday plant as staff discusses species varieties, their popularity throughout history, and how to care for your plan...

LEC - 'Winter by the Wetland' hike

December 5 @9:30 am to 11:30 am
Look for signs of winter during this group hike into Lyonia Preserve’s large ephemeral wetland. You’ll hear about the plant and animal species that depend on this intermittent body of water. Bring water and wear long pants and closed toe shoes that may get wet. Reservations are required; cal...

LEC - Greening your holiday

December 5 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
LEC staff will share some tips to become an earth friendly shopper and have a “green” holiday during this in-person and online presentation. Each participant will receive a free Lyonia reusable bag. One person will receive an earth friendly gift bag filled with goodies Registration is req...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 6 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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 386-789-720...

Explore Volusia: Longleaf eco-buggy ride

December 8 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Learn about the importance of the scrub habitat and a keystone species, the gopher tortoise, during this ride through the uplands of Longleaf Pine Preserve. Participants will ride from scrub to wet flatwoods and compare the biodiversity during the transition. Meet near 4201 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna...

LEC - Eco-buggy tour of Lyonia Preserve

December 11 @9:00 am to 10:30 am
Climb aboard as LEC and Explore Volusia staff lead an eco-buggy ride through Lyonia Preserve. The group will explore scrub habitat and learn about this unique ecosystem. Bring water and keep an eye out for scrub jays, gopher tortoises and other wildlife. There is a limit of 15 participants. Regis...

LEC - Homemade for the holidays

December 11 @2:00 pm to 3:30 am
LEC staff and volunteers will guide you through the steps and techniques to reuse, recycle and add a personal touch to the gifts you give. Participants will make several unique take-home gift tags and other upcycled treasures. This program will be offered in the LEC classroom. Registration is req...

LEC - winter bird-watching hike

December 12 @10:00 am to 11:00 am
Lyonia Preserve offers a great opportunity to observe a variety of birds while enjoying the winter weather. Join this guided hike and look for migrating feathered friends. Bring water and binoculars and be prepared to hike on unpaved sugar sand trails. Wear closed toe shoes, bring water and be pr...

LEC - Mystical mistletoe

December 12 @2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Did you know that many ancient cultures valued mistletoe for its healing properties? Join staff online or in person to learn more about this treasured plant and its uses throughout history. To register, call 386-789-7207, ext. #21028. Meet at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Del...

LEC - Scrub stroll

December 13 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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 - Scrub stroll

December 20 @9:00 am to 10:00 am
Environmental specialists lead free hikes through Lyonia Preserve every Monday. 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 ...

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