Ecosystem Management Agreement (EMA 1) with the St. Joe Company
On October 11, 2004, the St. Joe Company and DEP established the Ecosystem Management Agreement for Bay and Walton counties (EMA). The EMA provides a flexible and predictable permitting process that will benefit the public and ERP applicants and will yield a net ecosystem benefit to the region over the traditional individual permit process. Implementation of the EMA satisfies all applicable standards and criteria, and includes commitments by the St. Joe Company to various operation, mitigation and conservation conditions that exceed current applicable regulatory requirements.
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.