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eVIP Volunteers at the 2022 Eagles Roost Earth Day Project
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April 2022
Earth Month Activities Thank You!
The Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) would like to thank all the volunteers who helped celebrate Earth Month 2022. Volunteers from Boy Scout Troops in Waterford Lakes and Summerport worked to label more than 300 storm drain inlets. Longtime volunteer, Judy Jenkins donated her time to labeling 45 inlets in Sky Lake. In addition to labeling the inlets, volunteers educated the communities on stormwater pollution and piloted EPD's new volunteer reporter app for tracking storm drain labeling projects. Meanwhile, 28 volunteers from Signature Flight Support helped with land management projects on Eagles Roost, a Green PLACE property in southeast Orange County. The volunteers removed 300 feet of internal fencing and 35 bags of invasive plants. We appreciate all you accomplished and thoroughly enjoyed working with each group.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
In Her Own Words
Vanessa Vasquez, Volunteer Intern
I started my internship with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) in January of 2022 with the Compliance Support and Strategic Engagement (CSSE) program. Throughout my internship experience, I was able to learn about stormwater pollution and the effects of fertilizer usage on our water systems. One of my main projects focused on mapping storm drain inlets across the County that volunteers have labeled, by utilizing ArcGIS. I was able to apply and expand my knowledge in GIS from my college coursework, while also providing maps that will be helpful for future volunteer work and the County. I also had several opportunities to job shadow and learn about the various programs at EPD. Going out into the field with the Water Sciences team and collecting lake water samples was a true highlight. My favorite boat run allowed me to visit several lakes in the Lake Apopka chain of lakes to see and learn about aquatic vegetation and native aquatic species. After the boat run, I was able to go into the lab to look at the water samples we collected and learn about the various tests done at the lab.

Now that I am graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Environmental Studies, I plan on pursuing a career that focuses on environmental restoration or ecosystem conservation. Even though I was only with EPD for a semester, I am so thankful for the opportunity to make the most of my time and learn about the many different things that I can do in the environmental field. My internship has given me experience in the lab, GIS and conducting field work, all of which will be useful in my future career. I am very thankful for everyone who has contributed to my amazing internship experience. I want to give a special thanks to Carrie Mohanna and Nancy Rodlun for giving me the knowledge, advice and skills that will be forever beneficial to my future in the environmental field. 
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ONGOING ACTIVITIES
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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. This is a 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.
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.
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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.
Community
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. 
Thank you for your interest!
If you would like more information on 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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