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Florida Department of Environmental Protection 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, is one of the more diverse agencies in state government - protecting our air, water and land. DEP is divided into three primary areas: Regulatory Programs, Land and Recreation, and Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration. Florida's environmental priorities include:

  • Developing a consistent and effective regulatory process.
  • Ensuring the quality and quantity of our state’s water resources.
  • Increasing the access to our award-winning state parks.
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Governor Scott's Budget Recommends $1.4 Billion to Protect and Preserve Florida's Environment

Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted his commitment to protect, preserve and improve Florida’s environment. The Governor's “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” will include support for restoration projects in the Everglades, springs protection improvements, and the purchase of conservation lands. The FY2014/2015 budget places a priority on protecting the health of Florida’s natural resources.

“By proposing more than a billion dollars, Governor Scott recognizes the Department’s commitment to preserving the environment through sound science,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “This significant funding will ensure the Department’s ability to continue to safeguard and protect the state’s natural resources.”

View the full press release for more information.

July is National Park and Recreation Month

Celebrate the state’s natural and cultural resources with ranger programs, geocaches and special events at a state park or trail. Nearly 800,000 acres, 1,500 miles of multi-use trails and 100 miles of beaches provide opportunities to enjoy natural areas, formal gardens, fishing piers and historic sites. Visit FloridaStateParks.org or download the mobile app to learn more. The Florida Park Service has earned three National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.


Last updated: July 28, 2014

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