Florida DEP awards more than $1.8M for water-quality restoration grants

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded more than $1.8 million for stormwater projects in seven communities. Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) water-quality restoration grants are awarded to local communities and water management districts to implement and construct projects designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from stormwater discharges.

“The

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Florida DEP's Southeast District announces award program

Southeast Florida – In support of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s vision of creating strong community partnerships, safeguarding Florida’s natural resources and enhancing its ecosystems, DEP’s Southeast District (SED) has developed a new Superior Excellence Distinction Award Program to recognize an organization’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship, ensuring responsible use and protection of natural

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Florida DEP awards more than $24M to improve Indian River Lagoon water quality

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $24 million in funding for 12 recent projects to continue efforts to improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon. These projects will help communities reduce stormwater nutrient loads, continue stormwater treatment improvements, reduce or eliminate nonpoint source pollution, and eliminate muck

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South Florida, especially Broward, gets good grades for air quality

Take a deep breath, Broward County. The air quality in your backyard gets strong marks by American Lung Association standards.

Palm Beach County did not do as well, but officials said their performance was still “pretty good.”

In its 2013 State of the Air report, tapping federal air quality data from 2009 to 2011, the

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University of Florida in Gainesville wins First Prize for Large Institutions RainWorks Challenge

Atlanta, April 23, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that the University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida won first prize among large institutions in the Agency’s first Campus RainWorks Challenge. EPA created the challenge to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure.

The design

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EPA Cuts Pollution Deal With Florida Officials

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection came to an agreement this week on new standards for water pollution in the state. The deal pleases the state’s business community — but outrages environmentalists.

After years of negotiation, federal and state officials agreed on new criteria for two nutrients blamed for

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EPA cuts deal with Florida on pollution rules, delighting business and angering environmentalists

If Florida legislators and regulators will take certain steps, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will back off imposing new water pollution regulations on the state’s waterways.

State Department of Environmental Protection officials announced Friday that they have cut a deal with EPA officials to let the state take the lead in regulating nitrogen

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State Agencies’ Responsibilities Expanding

Seventeen states have joined the new Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, which will create a technical forum to help states apply the Clean Air Act and associated regulations.

New programs at some state agencies and a new organization focused on air pollution control strategies at the state level are gearing up at the start

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EPA Awards More Than $5.3 Million for Research Fellowships

ATLANTA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $5.3 million in research fellowships to 127 students pursuing degrees in environmental studies throughout the United States. Twelve of the fellowship recipients attend one of eight universities and colleges in the Southeast. Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Alabama, University

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City, state adopt green strategy

Incentives encourage energy efficiency

John Baker and his colleagues weren’t prepared for the public response to an incentive program the city of Tallahassee introduced in 2010 for home building.

To encourage the use of sustainable construction methods and materials, the city used a Department of Energy grant of $115,000 to offer payments of $1.50 per

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