Save Our Springs & Rivers Academy now accepting applicants for the Fall 2019 class.

Would you like to become a Blue Spring advocate and help spread the word about solutions to water pollution?

 If so, plan on attending the six-week Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy. The academy will include classroom and field trip experiences, guest speakers and hands-on, feet-wet learning to provide an in-depth engagement experience for residents. Those participating in the course will gain valuable knowledge and pledge to educate others on behalf of Volusia Blue Spring as ambassadors after the course’s completion.

 The free adult education course will be held Oct. 24, 25 and 31 and Nov. 1, 8 and 15. The Oct. 24 class will be held at Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. On Oct. 25, the group will take part in a water symposium at the Wayne G. Sanborn Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave., DeLand. The Nov. 15 class will participate in the ShORE. Symposium at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach. All other classes will be held in the second-floor training room of the Historic Courthouse, 120 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

 Advance registration is required. The application is available at For more information, email or call 386-736-5927.

 The academy is sponsored by the Green Volusia Program and Riverside Conservancy. It is funded in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Protect Our Lagoon Yard Signs

We are looking for homes and businesses along the Indian River Lagoon in Volusia County to display a yard sign in support of the IRL. The beautiful (and FREE) yard sign can be displayed anywhere in your yard and will help raise awareness and support for the Indian River Lagoon. Your yard sign (pictured below) is accompanied by a Protect Our Lagoon pledge.

Pledges can be emailed to along with a request for a sign.

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Sign pick-up scheduled by request.

SHaring Our Research with Everyone (Sh.O.R.E.) Symposium Scheduled for November 15, 2019

Date: November 15, 2019
News-Journal Center
221 N. Beach St.
Daytona Beach, Florida

More Information:

Event Goals  

Increase opportunities for high school and undergraduate students to present STEM research proposals and findings in a collaborative setting that will foster mentoring relationships with educational institutions and scientists

  • Provide a forum for scientists to share their recent findings and management strategies

  • Create greater public awareness about the state of the IRL and its watershed and how the community can contribute to a healthy ecosystem

Online registration deadline is November 13, 2019. Event-day registration will be available. Registration deadline for Student Presenters and Abstract Submission is October 25, 2019.

Action Alert: Public Meetings Announced

Representatives from Volusia County’s Public Works Department are conducting public meetings to ask residents about their priorities for road, water quality, stormwater and other transportation infrastructure improvements. These proposed projects will be funded using revenue generated from the half-cent sales tax if approved by Volusia County voters on May 21.

Please take a few moments to write the County Council at or attend one of the scheduled public meetings to let Council know how important it is to clean up our polluted waters.

Meetings will be held on these dates:

Thursday, March 7,
in the Deltona City Commission Chambers, 2345 Providence Blvd., Deltona (6:30 to 7:30 p.m)

Monday, March 11, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach (6:30 to 7:30 p.m)

Our rivers, streams, springs, and drinking water supply are imperiled from pollution. Let the Volusia County Council know you support the use of the proposed sales tax for water quality projects to restore the pristine water quality of our water bodies.

Learn more about the proposed projects to restore water quality:

* Award Ceremony

We are so proud to accept our grant award tonight from Women United! This is only the beginning and we look forward to using the funding provided to implement our Riverside Young Leaders in Conservation program. Also, many thanks go out to our beloved board member, Dr. Art Litowitz (board director and treasurer), for accepting the award on behalf of Riverside Conservancy.

* Note- retroactive post from Nov. 29, 2018

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* Wish Granted

Great news! We have officially been awarded the grant from Women United of Volusia County for our Riverside Young Leaders in Conservation, woohoo! As part of our program, we do 1-to-1 match funding, and are so excited to have our first match funder through the grant provided by Women United. If you would like to be a sponsor for this program and our selected students, click HERE!

*Note - retroactive post from Nov. 16, 2018