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Central District

DEP's Central District is committed to work proactively to create strong community partnerships, safeguard natural resources, and to enhance ecosystems.

The district covers 8 counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia) and over 9,000 square miles with a diverse mix of people and natural resources:

  • Population: 3.5 million people

  • 14 state parks

  • Major industry (tourism, health care, aerospace, defense, manufacturing)

  • Five first-magnitude springs (Silver, Silver Glen, Rainbow, Alexander and Volusia Blue)

  • A busy seaport (Port Canaveral)

  • North America's most diverse estuary (Indian River Lagoon)

Central District implements environmental regulatory programs concerning air, water, waste, wetlands, and state lands. The district's primary functions are permitting, compliance assistance, outreach, and enforcement.

  • Training is one of the district's primary focuses. For details on upcoming training, see our training calendar.

  •  Concrete batch plant operators with questions on when DEP requires permits can find guidance here.

  • In the event of a hurricane or tropical storm related emergency, here is contact info for key staff who can answer your questions: DEP Central District HURRICANE EMERGENCY telephone numbers

  • To contact DEP’s Central District, here is contact info:

DEP Central District: 407.897.4100         DEP_CD@dep.state.fl.us

Telephone directory – DEP Central District 

Organizational chart - DEP Central District

Key contacts – DEP Central District

  • For Wedgefield residents with questions about their drinking water, please see Wedgefield Resources

  • To request an informal determination of wetland and other surface waters, fill out this request form


1st WIX July 2016

In DEP's Central District (above), DEP and wastewater utility directors from Brevard, Volusia, Orange, Seminole, Orlando, Port Orange, and Toho Water Authority gather for the district's first Wastewater Directors Information Exchange. DEP organized the exchange to "Create linkage among the utilities to protect human health and the environment." Discussion centered on reducing wastewater overflows. The partners will meet again in November.

blue origin pre app  

DEP and Blue Origin (above) talk air permitting for new manufacturing operations at Kennedy Space Center. In September 2015, Governor Scott announced Blue Origin’s plans at the Cape. DEP Central District emphasizes solid communication with applicants to protect the environment, and to speed the permitting process.


Successes, Continuous Improvement, Achievements, and lessons learned

Quality permits in the shortest time possible:  The permitting program continued to keep average time-to-process an application under 10-days. Also, they continued to capitalize and build on efficiencies such as pre-application meetings, triaging applications, and maximizing personal contact with applicants.  All of this represents significant improvement over the past five years.


Outreach:  To achieve the highest compliance rates, you have to prevent violations before they occur. In the past quarter, the district conducted 37 outreach efforts that reached over 1,000 people. Noteworthy district outreach efforts include workshops for water plant operators that focused on the most common types of non-compliance and how to avoid them. And it included workshops on protecting mangroves (so important as habitat, and protected by Florida law). And presentations that emphasized faster cleanups and re-purposing contaminated and under used land.


Cost savings: For the quarter, the District received about 175 water applications electronically. One consultant estimated that each time he applies electronically, his clients save about $275 per application. For the quarter, that’s about $48,000 in savings, all attributable to innovative guidance developed by staff within the Central District.


Efficiency in the District’s Business Hub: In 2014, the District Business Program set an ambitious goal, that being – to improve the speed with which they process outgoing correspondence from 72 minutes to 65 minutes. This goal represented a 10% improvement.  Since then, it is fair to say that the Business Program has blown this goal out of the water.  In the most recent quarter, they processed outgoing correspondence in an average of just over 20 minutes, an improvement which has opened the way to other potential improvements not envisioned in 2014.




Funding for Florida springs

Secretary Jon Steverson recently announced that under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Water Management Districts have identified 35 springs projects to receive more than $56.6 million included in the 2016-17 FLORIDA FIRST budget. This is the highest amount ever provided for Florida springs.

The 35 projects statewide, which include the eight SJRWMD projects that have been selected to receive more than $56.6 million in state funding are expected to leverage another $33.1 million in matching funds. This brings the total state and local investment in springs projects to more than $275 million in the past four years.

Here are some of the projects that will benefit springs in DEP's Central District:

Silver Springs Forest Hydrologic and Springs Restoration Project: DEP awarded $475,000 and SJRWMD awarded a $1.9 million match that will reduce nutrient loading by up to 13,000 pounds per year, and conserve 5 million gallons per day while also helping to restore flow to the Silver Springs Group and Upper Floridan Aquifer.

Springs of Wekiva River Septic-to-Sewer:  $864,580 each from DEP and SJRWMD plus a $2.3 million local match will provide sewer service and eliminate 100 residential septic tanks within the city of Longwood, located within the Wekiva Springs springshed. The anticipated nutrient reduction associated with this project is 3,100 pounds per year.

Volusia Blue Spring Advanced Wastewater Treatment: $2 million from DEP plus a nearly $1.9 million local match will mean increased capacity for advanced wastewater treatment in the Blue Springs basin. This helps pave the way for future septic tank removal and reduced nutrient loading into Volusia Blue Spring by approximately 41,000 pounds per year. The project will also reduce groundwater withdrawals to help preserve the ecosystem and protect the spring.

For more news on funding for Florida springs, please visit DEP's ONLINE NEWSROOM

A manatee (above) surfaces in Volusia Blue Springs run. Recent funding for Florida springs will payoff in the form of cleaner water water and improved flow for this manatee and many others.


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Last updated: February 27, 2017

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