The Water Quality Assessment Program (WQAP) Regional Operation Centers (ROCs) primary responsibility is providing logistical support to fulfill the data collection requirements for the Status and Trend Monitoring Networks and the Strategic Monitoring Program. Additionally, ROCs may assist with the data collection needs of other groups, such as algal bloom response, TMDLs, BMAPs, and others as deemed appropriate by the division. The ROCs are located within the DEP District boundaries.
The three offices in the north region of the state have one manager and the four offices in the south region have another manager. Each office also has a local team lead (see information below).
North Regional Operational Center
South Regional Operation Center
Northwest Office (NW) 160 West Government Street Suite 308 Pensacola, Florida 32502-5794 Team Lead: Rick Abad
Tallahassee Office (TLH) 2600 Blair Stone Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32301 Team Lead: Mike Eckles
Northeast Office (NE) 8800 Baymeadows Way West, Suite 100 Jacksonville, Florida 32256 Team Lead: Jeremy Parrish
Central Office (CE) 3319 Maguire Blvd, Suite 232 Orlando, Florida 32803 Team Lead: Natalie Ayala
Southwest Office (SW) 13051 N. telecom Parkway Temple Terrace, Florida 33637 Team Lead: Matt Bearden
South Office (SO) 2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 364 Fort Myers, Florida 33902-2549 Team Lead: Kirby Wolfe
Southeast Office (SE) UF/IFAS 2199 South Rock Road Fort Pierce, Florida 34945 Team Lead: Jordan Skaggs
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.