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Federal Permits and Coordination Agreements Between DEP, WMDs, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

State Programmatic General Permit | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operating Agreement with DEP & WMDs

State Programmatic General Permit

The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued an expanded State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP V) on July 26, 2016. The purpose of the SPGP V is to avoid duplication of permitting between the Corps and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for minor work located in waters of the United States, including navigable waters. SPGP V reduces the need for separate approval from the Corps for the approved project types, and it increases the efficiency of both state and federal staff in serving the public. SPGP V is implemented throughout the state of Florida, continuing environmental protection while increasing service to the public.

SPGP V includes the following categories of work:

  • Shoreline Stabilization (now expanded to include living shorelines)
  • Boat Ramps and Boat Launch Areas and Structures Associated with Such Ramps or Launch Areas
  • Docks, Piers, Associated Facilities, and other Minor Piling-Supported Structures
  • Maintenance Dredging of Canals and Channels
  • Transient Activities, including:
  • Removal of derelict vessels
  • Scientific sampling, measurement, and monitoring devices
  • Upland to upland directional drilling (HDD)
  • Geotechnical investigations

State Programmatic General Permit Excluded Areas

The following areas are excluded from the Self-Certification process for obtaining federal authorization through a State Programmatic General Permit (SPGP V):

  • Within Monroe County, except boat lifts may be authorized
  • Within Harbor Isles
  • In Federal Navigational Channels
  • In the Florida Panther Consultation Area
  • In Johnson Seagrass Critical Habitat
  • In Acroporid Coral Critical Habitat
  • In North Atlantic Right Whale Critical Habitat
  • In Piping Plover Critical Habitat
  • In American Crocodile Critical Habitat
  • In Smalltooth Sawfish Exclusion Zones (specific areas of the Caloosahatchee River in Lee County)
  • At the mouths of Gulf sturgeon spawning rivers (Escambia River, Blackwater/Yellow Rivers, Choctawhatchee River, Apalachicola River and Suwannee River) and narrow inlets (Indian Pass and Government Cut in Apalachicola Bay and Destin Pass in Choctawhatchee Bay)
  • Within 2,500 ft of a wood stork nest
  • In Federal Special Waters:
    • Biscayne Bay National Park
    • Blackwater Creek
    • Faka Union Canal
    • Garfield Point
    • Lake Miccosukee
    • Loxahatchee River
    • Okeechobee Waterway
    • Rock Springs Run
    • St. Lucie Impoundment
    • St. Marys River
    • Tampa Bypass Canal
    • Timicuan Preserve
    • Wekiva River
Title Description
SPGP V Permit Instrument (with all attachments)
SPGP V Mod 1

SPGP V Modification July 29, 2016

Coordination Agreement

Coordination Agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers  (Jacksonville District) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (or duly authorized designee) State Programmatic General Permit

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operating Agreement with DEP & WMDs

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permits

The following is the state of Florida’s determination regarding water quality certification for the modification of the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Nationwide Permits (NWPs) 3, 7, 12, 14, 27, and 40, and the issuance of new NWPs 39, 41, 42, 43, and 44, as noticed in the Federal Register on March 9, 2000. In accordance with the authority granted to the department by the Governor of the state of Florida on January 15, 1998, 33 U.S.C. secs. 1341 and 1362 (the Clean Water Act), and 40 C.F.R. sec. 121.1(e), the department is granting water quality certification for all the above listed NWPs, subject to adoption by the Corps of the attached regional conditions applicable to each NWP.

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July 17, 2017 - 9:52am

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