Environmental Resource Permitting
The Environmental Resource Permitting Program
addresses dredging, filling, and construction in wetlands and
other surface water, as well as stormwater and surface water
management systems in uplands. The program is designed to
ensure that activities in uplands, wetlands and other surface
waters do not degrade water quality or degrade habitat for
aquatic or wetland dependent wildlife. The five
Water Management District Offices and six
DEP District Offices share the responsibility of
implementing the ERP program.
Florida Wetland Restoration Information Center
The goal of the Florida Wetland Restoration Information
Center is to develop the framework for a statewide ecological
restoration program for wetlands and their associated uplands
using ecosystem management and ecological principles.
Geographic Information Systems and Technical Support
The wetlands program actively utilizes Geographic Information
Systems within their permitting program and is developing
similar capabilities for many other aspects of the state's
wetland program. Technical support, training and transfer of
these capabilities to other interested parties is also
supported by the wetlands program at the Department of
Interpreting and providing guidance on the statutory
language, providing oversight of local governments which have
been delegated to implement the program, and reviewing
applications from persons who wish to be designated as
professional mangrove trimmers.
Mitigation provides the option of offsetting wetland
impacts by restoring, enhancing, or preserving comparable
habitats in an area impacted by development.
On-going Rule Amendments
Environmental Resource Permitting Program Rule
Amendments Currently in Progress
Sovereign Submerged Lands Authorizations
Authorization is required for any construction on or
use of submerged lands owned by the State.
Wetland Evaluation and Delineation Section (WEDS)
As part of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, it is the responsibility of the Wetland
Evaluation and Delineation Section (WEDS) to perform Formal
Wetland Delineations, provide training in wetland delineation
and classification, provide technical assistance to other
sections of the Department, and ensure the consistent
statewide use of the Florida Unified Wetland Delineation
Methodology (Chapter 62-340, F.A.C.).
ERP Online for the Visually Impaired
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