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Mission Statement


To provide efficient responsive services that enhance the quality of life, meet common needs, and promote a safe and healthy community. To conserve, restore, and protect our natural and built environments through ecologically sound and sustainable development principles. To ensure compliance with policies, codes, rules, regulations and permits in a proper, timely manner as prescribed by the law and enforcement codes. The department consists of the following county divisions: Environmental Enforcement, Marine Resources, Mosquito Control, Natural Resources Conservation, RESTORE, and Water Quality & Land Management.

FY 2017-2018 Accomplishments

  • Managed over $30 million in competitive grants for natural resources projects including water quality and habitat improvement projects.
  • Conducted groundwater and surface water sampling for county landfills at a cost savings of approximately $100,000 annually.
  • The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference-certified Escambia County Water Quality Laboratory performed 4,011 analyses with a cost savings to Escambia County of over $57,000.
  • Coordinated RESTORE Act program for the county, including grant submittals for consideration by the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, Natural Resources Damage Assessment, RESTORE Direct Component, Gulf Coast Restoration Council, Gulf Consortium and Triumph Gulf Coast.
  • Responded to more than 6,700 environmental code enforcement complaints, removed 563 tons of trash and litter, and removed 1,255 illegal dump sites.
  • Mosquito Control Division responded to 630 service requests and treated 49,167 acres.
  • Assisted in implementing conservation cost share practices/programs for our county's farm producers.
  • Marine Resources Division managed 11 permitted artificial reef sites and deployed 56 new artificial reefs in FY 2017-18.
 

30,000,000

Dollars of competitive grants managed for natural resources projects

6,700

Environmental code enforcement complaints responded to

1,255

Illegal dumps sites removed