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Florida Department of Environmental Protection 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, is one of the more diverse agencies in state government - protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.

The department is focusing on six strategic goals to help achieve this vision:

  • Focus taxpayer resources on projects that provide a direct benefit to the environment and local communities.
  • Establish and consistently use clear metrics to evaluate and strengthen the department’s programs, activities and services.
  • Partner with communities and businesses to protect natural resources and promote economic growth.
  • Improve the quality of natural resources through long-term planning, restoration and maintenance.
  • Empower employees to solve problems through innovation and efficiency.
  • Proactively communicate a clear and consistent message both internally and externally.
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Florida First Budget Will Make Florida First for Environmental Protection By Investing More Than $1.5 Billion

Governor Rick Scott’s Florida First budget recommends more than $1.5 billion to protect and enhance Florida’s natural resources. The Florida First budget emphasizes projects that will improve water quality, enhance water supplies and safeguard natural resources while directly benefiting communities statewide. The budget includes a historic investment in Florida’s award-wining state park system and springs restoration and protection projects, and also creates a dedicated funding source that will ensure more than $5 billion is invested in Everglades restoration over the next 20 years.

Governor Scott said, “Florida is home to the nation’s most beautiful natural resources, with hundreds of freshwater springs, miles of sandy white beaches, and the one-and-only Everglades. These invaluable resources attract millions of visitors each year, create jobs and help make our state the best place in the nation to raise a family. I’m proud to continue to make historic investments to protect and preserve these natural treasures as we make Florida first for environmental protection.”

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Last updated: February 11, 2016

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