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The Environmental Quality Division administers and monitors the City of Jacksonville's air and water resource management activities, with particular emphasis on pollution control issues. It also enforces laws related to environmental quality issues. Testing water samples from Jacksonville's treasured St. Johns River. Our responsibilities include air, odors, noise, surface water, groundwater, underground storage tanks, hazardous wastes, wetlands and wildlife.

The Environmental Protection Board consists of nine members, appointed for four-year terms, who are chosen to represent industry, conservationist organizations, professional engineers, the medical profession, and the general public. This board develops regulations necessary for administration and enforcement of the city's environmental laws. It conducts investigations of complaints, takes testimony in matters under its jurisdiction and provides a hearing platform for environmental matters within the city. The EPB also conducts public outreach programs for schools, teachers, civic and private organizations.

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Florida Congressman Urges 'Endangered' Status For Manatees
June 16, 2021
Four years after federal wildlife officials reclassified manatees from endangered to threatened, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., called Monday for a reversal of the decision.  
Mark Woods: A legacy of refusing to destroy old Florida and a gift to The Nature Conservancy
June 14, 2021
Joa and Renata Hixon have donated $3 million to launch the Hixon Environmental Stewardship program and a supporting endowment, with the goal of creating the next generation of conservationists.
Manatee deaths spike as seagrass disappears
June 08, 2021

Algae blooms decimate seagrass linked to Florida manatee fatalities

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