The Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program regulates almost all changes to the landscape that affect surface water flows. Changes to the landscape include clearing, grading, construction of structures, filling, and dredging, whether the work occurs in uplands, wetlands, or other surface waters (including wetlands and waters that are isolated). The program addresses impacts to resources caused by dredging and filling in wetlands and other surface waters, as well as stormwater runoff quality (stormwater treatment) and quantity (preventing flooding of other properties, slowing down flow, and draining of surface and ground waters).
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.