Thank you so much to those of you who came to the Southwest District’s 2019 Open House. This event is very special to us every year, because it is our opportunity to spend some quality time with the clients, colleagues and constituents that we work with every day. This year’s Open House is also special in different way because this is the Southwest District’s inaugural year presenting the Environmental Stewardship Achievement Award to recognize those who are working alongside DEP to Protect Florida Together.
The Submerged Lands Environmental Resource Coordination (SLERC) regulates activities involving the alteration of surface water flows. This includes new activities in uplands that generate stormwater runoff from upland construction, as well as dredging and filling in wetlands and other surface waters. Environmental Resource Permit applications are processed by either the department or one of the state's water management districts, in accordance with the division of responsibilities specified in operating agreements between the department and the water management districts. The SLERC Program
Southwest District Air Resource Management administers the state of Florida’s ambient air pollution control programs and implements the Federal Clean Air Act and state of Florida statutes in eight counties (Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk).
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.