The Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) protects, conserves and manages Florida's natural
resources and enforces the State's environmental laws.
DEP oversees and manages Florida's award-winning
state parks and
trails system. Since 1990, through its innovative land
acquisition programs -
Preservation 2000 and
Florida Forever - more than two million acres of valuable
lands have been preserved, protecting habitat for 190 native and
endangered animals and plants, while restoring ecosystems
throughout the state.
The Department's regulatory priorities include administering
air pollution control programs to best protect human health;
protecting and restoring
water quality; managing hazardous
waste and cleanups; overseeing beach restorations; and
reviewing applications for power plants,
transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. In addition,
District Offices ensure statewide compliance with department
Together with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), DEP is Restoring America’s Everglades. Implementation of the Restoration Strategies Water Quality Plan, which builds on the state’s $1.8 billion investment in water quality improvements, includes additional projects to achieve the stringent water quality requirements established for the Everglades. DEP also partners with the SFWMD on implementation of the 30-year, $13.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). To date, Florida has committed $2.4 billion toward the 50-50 state/federal cost-share and acquired 60 percent (~244,000 acres) of the land needed for restoration.