With our district office located centrally in West Palm Beach, we are able to cover seven counties including Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. The geographical area includes portions of the Indian River Lagoon, the nation's most diverse estuary; the Loxahatchee River, one of two National Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida; one of the nation's largest freshwater lakes, Lake Okeechobee; and the unique and beautiful Everglades System, including Florida Bay and the Kissimmee River. In addition to these extraordinary natural systems, Southeast Florida contains approximately one-third of Florida's total population, with more than 5 million residents. Increasing population, urbanization and industrialization continue to place great stress on our natural resources. We are committed to the protection of our extraordinary natural resources, and we strive to strike a balance between that commitment and responsible economic development.
Jennifer Smith previously served as Assistant Director of the Southeast District, overseeing the Compliance Assurance Program covering all regulatory media including air, waste and water. Among other responsibilities, she was responsible for ensuring the district met all federal commitments annually. Before that, she was the Program Administrator of the Environmental Resource Program, responsible for all permitting and compliance and enforcement. Smith spent seven years in the program writing and reviewing environmental resource permits prior to becoming the Program Administrator. She started with the department in the Storage Tanks Program, conducting compliance inspections.
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.