DEP in conjunction with USACE presented a two-part public webinar series in December 2020. These webinars included information about Florida’s preparations to assume administration of the dredge and fill permitting program under Section 404 of the federal Clean Water Act for certain wetlands and other surface waters in the state. The webinar content was tailored to future applicants and environmental professionals who may submit applications on behalf of clients; however, all interested parties were invited to participate. The recordings for both webinars are available below.
Part 1 included general information about Florida’s proposed program. DEP staff covered 404 Program components, including rules, memoranda of agreement/understanding, and operating agreements between DEP and EPA, USACE, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Information was also presented about program jurisdiction, state-assumed and USACE-retained waters, and types of authorization.
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