The natural environment is the lifeblood of our state's economy and the reason Florida is so beautiful. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection wants to work with you to protect, conserve and manage Florida's environment and valuable natural resources, which is why the South District always welcomes public input. DEP's South District focuses on issues facing this region and state, ranging from mangroves to hazardous waste. With 16 state parks and nine aquatic preserves that encompass beautiful coastal beaches and diverse wetlands, the South District provides many opportunities for enjoying the local environment. The district is also home to the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves, which includes one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The district is responsible for the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Highlands, Hendry, Glades, Lee and Sarasota.
Meet the Director
Jennifer Carpenter, District Director, South District
Jennifer Carpenter is the District Director of the South District of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Jennifer previously served as the South District’s Assistant Director, responsible for overseeing the Compliance Assurance Program, which includes compliance and enforcement activities for the air, water and waste programs. She also previously served in roles with DEP related to water quality including Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), as well as large-scale environmental restoration including Everglades Restoration projects. Jennifer holds a B.S. degree from Florida State University in Biological Sciences and a M.S. degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University. Her graduate work focused on estuarine ecology. Jennifer is a native of Southwest Florida who loves to spend time on the water with her husband and sons.
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.