eVIP volunteers at the 2020 Invasive Species Blitz event at Blanchard Park learn how to identify invasive plants before they get to work removing them.
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June 5, 2020
Volunteer on World Environment Day
Due to current events, the Earth Day project scheduled for April 24 has been postponed to Friday, June 5. In recognition of World Environment Day, volunteers will plant trees near the West Orange Trail at Winter Garden Station and participate in a variety of other activities held throughout the morning. If you are interested in learning more, please contact  evip@ocfl.net . Full project details will be provided to registered volunteers in advance of the event.
Community Lake Cleanup
Thank You Volunteers!
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Orange County EPD sends out a BIG thank you to the 15 volunteers who worked to clean Lake Joanna with Supervisor Daisy Morales of the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District. On March 14, the group donated 45 hours of their time to fill more than a dozen garbage bags of trash and litter. Thank you for improving your Orange County community and environment.
Internship Highlight
In Her Own Words
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My name is Savannah Leduc. I started my internship with the Air Quality Management Program in January of 2020. My first project focused on helping to update and correct errors in a GIS map. My second project consisted of researching odor detection technologies. After completing that research, I aided my supervisor in researching odor and nuisance compliance ordinances in urban counties for further development of Orange County’s current odor compliance regulations. I’ve also been able to aid my program as well as others with various smaller projects throughout my internship. My favorite experience from my internship was getting out of the office for a couple hours to visit an ambient air quality monitoring site. The technology was expertly explained to me and it was interesting to see the equipment up close. I also enjoyed attending meetings in the program because it was cool to get an inside look of how projects are started and carried out. Something else I enjoyed was cross training. Getting to join someone for a day in the field in another program was fun and useful as it expanded my knowledge base. I believe my time with Orange County EPD has been instrumentally beneficial to me and my career in the environmental field. I want to thank Wanda Parker, Rov Churaman, and the rest of the Air Quality Management team for giving me this opportunity. I will always look back at this experience fondly as it was one I truly loved and appreciate. 
Tentatively Scheduled for May 29, 2020
Intern Meet & Greet Event
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Orange County EPD has postponed the Meet & Greet scheduled for March 30. The event will tentatively take place at EPD on Friday, May 29. We will host a networking event for those interested in volunteering as interns for the fall semester. At the Meet & Greet, EPD staff will conduct brief interviews with candidates and describe current internship opportunities. Current application and enrollment in school is required. Candidates must  RSVP  to participate.
Youth EnviroScape Presentations
Now Scheduling For Summer 2020
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Orange County EPD is offering EnviroScape presentations for youth and school groups. The activity is a visual, hands-on way to teach students about our watershed and how they can help to keep surface water free of pollution. Learn more and request a presentation .
Reduce Water Pollution in Orange County
Request a Speaker for Your Group
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Are you wondering if your landscape is environmentally friendly? Nobody wants to pollute our lakes, rivers and springs, but oftentimes the lawn maintenance regime we use is doing just that. Contact Orange County EPD to request a speaker to teach about the County's ordinances on Fertilizer Management and Water Quality Protection. Presentations to homeowners associations, community organizations, property managers, realtors, congregations or any other interested adult groups are available upon request. EPD's goal is to help citizens protect our natural resources. We can help arrange meeting locations, if needed, and are available nights and weekends, too!  Email  now to request more information and to set up your group's presentation.
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Would you like to learn more about Orange County EPD? EPD is excited to share a variety of information about events, sustainability, the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, regulatory updates, lake management, water quality and more! If you would like to be included on the email list, please fill out this brief sign-up form .
Storm Drain Labeling
Spearhead a storm drain labeling project in your community. Orange County eVIP provides all the supplies, a one-hour training session and the support to create an enjoyable and meaningful service project for your group. Please help us keep our surface water clean and our storm drains functioning properly. Great project for scout groups! 
EnviroScape Training Workshop
Learn how to use the EnviroScape Model to provide fun, hands-on watershed education presentations to youth in Orange County. Are you an educator? Once trained, classroom teachers and youth group leaders can also "check out" our education materials. One-on-one trainings can be arranged to accommodate your schedule.
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Internship Program
To learn more about the program, send an email stating your interest. Internships are competitive and applications are accepted year-round. Students can earn service hours, college credit and meaningful work experience. Interns who complete a three-month unpaid internship are eligible to apply for paid internships as available.
Orange County Water-Quality Monitoring
Orange County partners with the UF/IFAS LAKEWATCH program to provide volunteers with training and equipment for water-quality testing on local lakes. Volunteers need lake access, a few hours each month to collect samples, transportation to deliver samples, a canoe or watercraft and a one-year-plus commitment to sampling. 
In-School, After-School and Summer Camp Presentations
Teachers and youth group leaders interested in watershed education can request EnviroScape presentations for their students. Presentations are approximately 25 minutes long and are scheduled throughout the academic year and summer months as schedule permits.
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Cleanup Kit
Is your group looking for an environmental project? eVIP has a new kit that helps individuals lead a cleanup and assist in keeping Orange County free of pollution. eVIP provides the supplies, training and support. The project is a good fit for volunteers of all ages and groups of all sizes. Educational materials will be provided as requested.  
eVIP Needs Your Help!
If you enjoyed being an eVIP volunteer, please help us get the word out through social media. You can also provide your feedback and offer ideas for improvement! Scan the QR code or click on this link to access the short survey.
If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed above, please contact the Orange County Environmental Protection Division Volunteer Coordinator 
Carrie Mohanna at Carrie.Mohanna@ocfl.net or 321-689-8232.
Orange County Environmental Protection Division
407-836-1430 | Cell 321-689-8232 | Fax 407-836-1499
3165 McCrory Place, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32803
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