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Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

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3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49

Tallahassee, FL 32399


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The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (DEAR) is charged with monitoring and assessing Florida's surface water and groundwater quality; identifying, verifying and prioritizing pollution problems; developing strategies to resolve the problems; and implementing those strategies through comprehensive restoration actions in partnership with local stakeholders. The department's laboratory is housed in DEAR and is integral to fulfilling the division's responsibilities and supporting other department programs and objectives. In summary, DEAR:

Meet the Director

Thomas Frick, Director, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration

Tom Frick has been the director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration since 2013. Tom began his career as an environmental scientist more than 23 years ago with the DEP Chemistry Laboratory. Since that time, he has worked in both the private and government sectors specializing in the areas of field data collection, quality assurance, ecological assessment, interpretation of environmental data, and waterbody restoration. Tom’s focus during his tenure with the agency has been to ensure that the department uses the highest quality data, methodologies, and technology to inform better environmental decisions to assess, restore, and protect Florida’s unique water resources. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Florida State University.


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