Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Governor Rick Scott attends a road expansion event at the Casa Maiz restaurant as he fields questions from reporters about climate change on March 9, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. Recent reports indicate that the Florida governor allegedly issued orders for certain state agencies to not to use the term 'climate change' or 'global warming' in any official communications, emails, or reports. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DEP Leader Says It: ‘Climate Change’

Disputing reports that state agencies are prohibited from using the words “climate change,” top environmental official Jonathan Steverson repeatedly uttered the phrase during a confirmation hearing Wednesday.

04/15/2015

Source: CBS4

House Likely To Pursue Limited Land Buying

A House committee that crafted a newly approved water-policy plan is now looking at how a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars should be used for land management.

03/06/2015

Florida water table levels were impacted by the Japanese earthquake-tsunami, here water levels can be seen in a file photo of Lake Okeechobee during the 2007 drought.  (Source: Getty Images)

State Adopts 10-Year, $750 Million Plan To Clean Up Lake

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a 10-year, $750 million plan to help rid Lake Okeechobee of excess nutrients.

12/28/2014

Gov. Rick Scott (Source: CBS4)

Scott Names Environmental Protection, Elder Affairs Leaders

Jonathan Steverson, who for the past two years has overseen one of the state’s five water-management districts, will head the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Gov. Rick Scott begins a second term.

12/11/2014

Herschel Vinyard, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is resigning Dec. 1. (Source: www.dep.state.fl.us)

Florida Environmental Protection Secretary Resigns

Herschel Vinyard, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is resigning Dec. 1.

11/26/2014

A Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham digs up oiled sand on a beach on April 19, 2011 at South Pass in southern Louisiana. A year after the BP oil spill coated Gulf coast beaches and marshes, BP claims that most of the oil has been removed. Barham says, however, that much of the coastal cleaning has been superficial, as the oil has seeped into the soil, killing marshes and further eroding the state's damaged Mississippi Delta ecosystem. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

$627M In Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Projects Approved

Plans to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were approved Friday, but environmentalists are fuming that $58 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.

10/04/2014

Oil Rigs (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Texas Drilling Company Shuts Down Disputed Well

A disputed southwest Florida oil well is shut down until further notice.

07/15/2014

Oil Rigs (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Collier County Wants Oil Company’s Permit Revoked

Colliery County officials are asking for the state to revoke a permit for a Texas oil company to drill on an island surrounded by a sanctuary.

04/25/2014

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gov. Scott Pledges $130M To Everglades Restoration

Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledged $130 million on Wednesday intended for Florida’s Everglades and South Florida waterways projects for the upcoming year.

01/22/2014

Jodi Eller, 31, of St. Augustine became the first woman to complete the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail that runs from Pensacola to Key West to the Georgia border.  Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

First Woman Completes 1,515 Mile Saltwater Paddling Trail

The first woman to complete the 1,515 mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail completed her journey as 2013 came to a close.

CBS Miami–01/11/2014

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