6 Program Areas Bio-Residual Sludge Domestic Waste Environmental Emergency Response Team (EERT)Hazardous WasteSolid WasteWater Resources ManagementPetroleumCleanupEMD’s small quantity hazardous waste program monitors the hazardous waste produced by small businesses, including home occupations. In 2008/2009 program staff completed 898 inspections.
7 Water Quality Monitoring Surface WaterStorm WaterTMDLAirportAssists with compliance and enforcement to help protect the health of the public and ecosystems.Volusia County’s Environmental health Lab conducts water quality sampling and analysis of local water bodies. In FY the lab performed 22,238 analyses, 9,297 of which were conducted for Volusia County departments or agencies, saving the county considerable money compared to private lab services.
8 River and Beach Cleanups St. Johns RiverHalifax/Indian R./CoastalSo far this year, over 1750 volunteers collected over 32-tons of trash from the Halifax/Indian Rivers, the St. Johns River, the coastal areas and DeLeon Springs during EMD's major cleanup events. More trash was collected during minor cleanups.
9 Petroleum CleanupManage the petroleum cleanup program, which ensures cleanup of petroleum related groundwater and soil contamination.
11 Program Areas Protected Species Policy Estuarine Habitat Restoration Sea TurtlesManateesScrub SpeciesEstuarine Habitat RestorationEnvironmental EducationGreen VolusiaSpecial Projects
12 Sea Turtle Protection Natural Areas Conservation Zone Nest Marking, excavationsRut RakingWashbacksStrandingsMigratory BirdsLighting EnforcementSo far this year we have had a total of 917 nests, 1 Kemps Ridley, 8 leatherback, 24 green, and 884 loggerheads.
13 Manatee Protection Plan Speed Zone EnforcementManatee WatchMono-filament RecyclingOutreach, Education, & ResearchMarine Mammal StrandingManatee Conservation Fund2011144 trained Manatee Watch Volunteers63 manatees sighted142 monofilament bins total16 new bins installed30 mini-bins created122 lbs of line recovered12 derelict crab traps recovered49 stranding response calls22 bottlenose dolphins25 manatees, 1 pygmy sperm whales, 1 Rissos dolphin50 outreach eventsover 3,000 students and adultsfestivals and other events
15 Green Local Government What have we done? The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) created a recognition program to designate Green Cities and Green Counties for outstanding environmental stewardship. The program uses energy, air, water, land and waste as benchmarks when looking at environmental practices done “in-house,” incentives and ordinances to foster green practices, and educational activities to improve the environment. Volusia County certified at the Silver level in 2010.Why did we work on this? Certification by FGBC identifies the county as a leader in the sustainable use of resources. It is good because of the recognition, but it is also serves as a resource to identify and push us towards what we can do in the future. Allows us to function more efficiently through better communication, identifies ways to save moneyHow will the activity promote our mission? Demonstrates the county’s commitment to take a lead on sustainability.
16 As a county government we have both the opportunity and responsibility to use resources wisely and to encourage others to do the same.
18 Program Areas Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Seabird rehabilitation Exhibit AreaEducationGuest ServicesThe Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet has hosted over 47,000 public visitors, 3,406 students, and 102 summer campers so far this year. Staff has conducted 60 different outreach programs to promote coastal ecosystem education. We have cared for 144 sea turtles, 67 other reptiles, 604 birds, and 21 other animals.
20 Program Areas Management Plan Development Habitat Maintenance & RestorationPrescribed FireSustainable ForestryMechanical TechniquesUpland Ecosystem Restoration ProjectFaunal and Flora AssessmentInventoryMonitoringExotic Plant & Animal ControlSecurity & Maintenance
24 Program Areas Trees Wetlands Class II Overlay Zone Protected Species RegulationsActivitiesTreesWetlandsClass II Overlay ZoneProtected SpeciesResidential PermitsCommercial PermitsComplaint InvestigationEnforcementCourtesy inspections
25 Questions?Implemented a new volunteer exotic plant removal team that conducted 10 exotic removal events to remove invasive plants from county owned lands, saving county tax dollars.