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New DEP Environmental Crimes Unit Makes First Arrest

July 11, 2019 - Tampa, Fla. - In the first arrest by the new DEP Environmental Crimes Unit, a Tampa resident was charged with felony dumping for commercial purposes. A DEP Southwest District Office investigator found video evidence of the suspect dumping two drums of a corrosive material into a Tampa alley. "With the official transfer of the Environmental Crimes Unit to DEP becoming effective less than two weeks ago, we are not wasting any time using this new key enforcement tool,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein.

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs HB 5401

June 25, 2019 - Stuart, Fla. - Governor DeSantis signed HB 5401, implementing his Executive Order to transfer the Environmental Crimes Unit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to DEP. The legislation creates the Division of Law Enforcement in DEP and reassigns the agency’s Office of Emergency Response to the division. “We are committed to carrying out this directive and are pleased to have this additional tool to do more for Florida’s environment now,” said DEP Secretary Valenstein.

Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Record Investments for Florida’s Environment

June 25, 2019 - Naples, Fla. - Governor DeSantis led a celebration of the 2019-20 state budget that funds all his historic initiatives to achieve more now for Florida’s environment. On Friday, the Governor signed the budget passed by the 2019 Legislature that provides a record investment of more than $625 million in restoring and protecting Florida’s environment, including $400 million for Everglades restoration.

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs the Bold Vision for a Brighter Future Budget

June 21, 2019 - Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Bold Vision for a Brighter Future state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. The budget supports major reforms implemented by Governor DeSantis in Executive Order 19-12 to ensure the protection of Florida’s environment and water resources. Most notably, it includes more than the $625 million the Governor requested for Everglades restoration and initiatives to protect the state’s water resources, a major first step toward Governor DeSantis’ goal to invest $2.5 billion in those areas over the next four years. 

Governor DeSantis Announces Full Funding Now in Place for Critical Tamiami Trail Project

June 3, 2019 - Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis announced that full funding has been secured to complete the project to elevate the Tamiami Trail. The U.S. Department of Transportation has matched the state of Florida’s $40 million for the Tamiami Trail by awarding an additional $60 million to fully fund and allow for the completion of the Tamiami Trail Next Steps Phase II project, which is critical to the Governor’s plan to preserve the environment. “This announcement today is great news for Everglades Restoration and water quality in Florida,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “With the Governor’s leadership and federal partnership, we will be able to complete critical water projects like the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project, and continue expediting our efforts to do more for Florida’s environment now."

Governor Ron DeSantis Leads Historic Business Development Mission to Israel with Florida Delegation

May 31, 2019 - Tallahassee, Fla. - Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted his business development mission to Israel from May 25 to 21, 2019. The Governor's mission included many historic firsts and important business, cultural and academic meetings and partnerships.

Governor Ron DeSantis and Secretary Noah Valenstein Lead Roundtable Discussion on Water Challenges in Florida and Israel Technologies

May 28, 2019 - Tel Aviv, Israel – Governor Ron DeSantis and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein led a roundtable discussion on water challenges in Florida and the contributions that Israeli technologies could lend to ongoing research and improvements.

Governor Ron DeSantis Outlines Bold Agenda for Upcoming Business Development Mission to Israel

May 24, 2019 - Tallahassee, Fla. - Governor Ron DeSantis outlined a bold agenda for his upcoming Business Development Mission to Israel from May 25-31, 2019. The mission includes several historic firsts for a governor’s business development mission, providing Florida with a unique opportunity to strengthen the economic bonds between Florida and Israel.

Governor Ron DeSantis Speaks on His Bold Vision for Protecting Florida

May 7, 2019 - Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science regarding his bold vision to protect Florida’s environment. "Florida is now on a course toward clean water, a restored Everglades and a healthier environment for generations to come,” said the Governor.

Governor Ron DeSantis and Environmental Leaders Reflect on Historic Investment in Everglades Restoration and Water Resources

May 7, 2019 – Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis and environmental leaders welcomed Florida’s historic investment in the state’s environmental resources. “This session marks a monumental chapter in Florida history, and I thank the Legislature for working with me – particularly in funding our Everglades and water resources,” said the Governor.

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Appointments to the Newly Formed Blue-Green Algae Task Force

April 29, 2019 - Hobe Sound, Fla. - Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of five expert researchers and leading scientists to the newly established Blue-Green Algae Task Force. The panel will support key funding and restoration initiatives, and make recommendations to expedite nutrient reductions in key waterways.

Governor Ron DeSantis Joins Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to Launch Super Bowl LIV Environmental Initiative Ocean to Everglades

April 22, 2019 - Key Biscayne, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis joined the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to help launch Ocean to Everglades, the Super Bowl LIV environmental initiative. The project will raise public awareness and reduce the environmental impact of the Super Bowl.


Governor Ron DeSantis Outlines Environmental Priorities at the University of Florida 

April 16, 2019 - Gainesville, Fla. - Governor Ron DeSantis participated in a roundtable discussion outlining his environmental priorities regarding $625 million for Everglades restoration, the appointment of a Chief Science Officer, and a strategic plan to combat blue-green algae and red tide. The Governor was joined by DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, Chief Science Officer designee Dr. Tom Frazer, and University of Florida President Dr. Kent Fuchs.

Governor Ron DeSantis Attends the Captains for Clean Water Skiff Challenge Kickoff

April 3, 2019 – Fort Walton Beach, Fla. – DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein joined Governor Ron DeSantis as he helped kick off the Captains for Clean Water Skiff Challenge, in which teams circumnavigate the state to highlight the need to protect Florida’s environment and water quality.


Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Dr. Thomas K. Frazer as Chief Science Officer

April 1, 2019 – West Palm Beach, Fla. - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas K. Frazer as Florida’s first Chief Science Officer. In his new role at DEP, Frazer will lead the effort to ensure sound science is at the forefront of the mission to achieve more now for Florida’s environment.

DEP Joins First Lady Casey DeSantis, FWC, CCA and Duke Energy for Red Tide Recovery Redfish Release

March 15, 2019 - DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein joined First Lady Casey DeSantis for a red tide recovery effort that released more than 2,000 redfish off the Rookery Bay shoreline. The collaborative project addressed the loss of the redfish population on the southwest coast as a result of red tide.

Secretary Valenstein Directs Water Management Districts to Focus on Water Quality Projects and to Maintain Transparency and Accountability

Feb. 13, 2019 - DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein sent letters to the executive directors of Florida’s water management districts regarding the implementation of Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order to Achieve More Now for Florida’s environment. Secretary Valenstein directed the water management districts to review their budgets and prioritize available funding to focus on projects that will address harmful algal blooms and maximize nutrient reductions. Additionally, the letters communicated the importance of transparency and accountability, directing the water management districts to continue to upload all water quality data collected during sampling events and progress toward implementing basin management action plan (BMAP) water quality projects.

Governor Ron DeSantis, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Rick Scott ask President Trump to Include $200 Million in Construction Funding for Everglades Restoration

Feb. 11, 2019 - As part of his commitment to advocate on behalf of Florida’s environment and water quality, Governor Ron DeSantis joined Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott in asking President Donald Trump to include in the federal budget a sustained annual commitment of $200 million in construction funding for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration.

Governor DeSantis Urges U.S. Army Corps to Prevent Harmful Discharges from Lake Okeechobee

Feb. 8, 2019 - Governor Ron DeSantis wrote the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging their commitment to engage stakeholders regarding Lake Okeechobee's discharges that impact South Florida's environment and communities.

Secretary Valenstein Speaks with Legislative Partners About DEP Priorities, Governor DeSantis' Bold Vision for a Brighter Future Budget

Picture of Secretary Noah Valenstein during the House Agriculture and Natural Resources meeting, as well as, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government meeting on February 6, 2019Feb. 6, 2019 – Secretary Valenstein spoke with legislative partners about the agency’s priorities and how they will be implemented through Gov. DeSantis’ Bold Vision for a Brighter Future budget. Secretary Valenstein addressed the House Agriculture and Natural Resources meeting, as well as, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government meeting. The Secretary broke down the recommended $625 million for Florida’s water resources into four categories: Everglades restoration, targeted water quality improvements, springs restoration and alternative water supply. Additionally, he highlighted the impact data, enforcement and partnerships have on protecting Florida’s natural resources. Investing in these initiatives will achieve more now for Florida’s environment.

Governor Ron DeSantis Recommends $625 Million for Everglades Restoration and Protection of Water Resources

Jan. 29, 2019 - Naples, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis outlined his recommendations for water issues in his environmental budget. Governor DeSantis’ environmental budget recommends more than $625 million for Everglades restoration and protection of our valuable water resources. By investing $625 million each year, more than $2.5 billion will be invested by the end of the Governor’s first term. This would amount to $1 billion more than was invested to protect our water resources in the previous four years.

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Secretary Valenstein Meets with Stakeholders, Local Officials in Bonita Springs to Discuss Environmental Priorities

Jan. 10, 2019 - Secretary Valenstein joined environmental stakeholders and local officials in Bonita Springs to discuss environmental priorities outlined in Gov. DeSantis’ executive order, which calls for immediate, strategic action to achieve more now for Florida's environment.  


WATCH LIVE: Governor Ron DeSantis makes major announcement on Florida water policy

Posted by Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Water Policy Reforms

Jan. 10, 2019 - Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 19-12 (Achieving More Now For Florida’s Environment), implementing major reforms to ensure the protection of Florida’s environment and water quality. “Our water and natural resources are the foundation of our economy and our way of life in Florida,” said the Governor.

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