The department’s top priority is ensuring the protection of public safety and health and minimizing any potential environmental impacts. DEP continues to monitor the situation 24/7 and will provide updates to ensure prioritization of accountability and transparency to the public.
DEP Receives Federal Authority for Wetlands Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Florida the assumption of the 404 program (the federal permitting program to regulate the discharge of dredged or fill material into wetlands and other waters of the United States). Florida becomes first state in more than two decades to assume delegation of this program, third state in the nation to be granted this authority.
Learn something new about Florida’s environment! Coloring pages, story maps and other activities invite learners of all ages to explore the land, the waterways and the plants and animals in Florida and beyond.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.