This webpage provides links to forms used by the environmental resource permitting (ERP) program. Mines require an ERP unless they are specifically grandfathered under Chapter 373.414(15), Florida Statutes (F.S.). ERPs are required for stormwater management systems associated with projects that involve dredging or filling and/or work done in, on, or over other surface waters (including wetlands), unless the activity is exempt.
The Peace River begins near Interstate 4, midway between Tampa and Orlando, where waters of the Green Swamp join waters of Saddle Creek. The river extends over 100 miles, opening out into the Charlotte Harbor and then the Gulf of Mexico, serving as a critical environmental connection to numerous isolated habitats along its route. The Peace River watershed drains an area of approximately 2,350 square miles, providing a major source of fresh water for agriculture, industry and municipalities, and playing a vital role in the productivity of the estuarine waters of Charlotte Harbor.
The Integrated Habitat Network (IHN) plan is the focus for the reclamation and permitting efforts for phosphate mining in Central Florida. The IHN is based on a regional conceptual plan that outlines guiding principles for the design of reclamation in the entire phosphate-mining district (approximately 1.3 million acres of land).
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.