Department of Environmental Protection

What is the Department of Environmental Protection?

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s largest agency for environmental stewardship. It was formed in the mid-1990’s as a public state merger between the previous Florida Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (DEP). The FDER, itself, was also established as a merger back in the mid-1970’s consolidating the Department of Pollution Control, portions of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund and the Florida Department of Natural Resources.

Current Policies of the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) current policies aim to ultimately create and maintain community partnerships, safeguard natural resources, and improve ecosystems of Florida’s vast wildlife.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection holds six main goals intended to work to those ends (from the DEP’s website at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/mainpage/default.htm):

  • Focus taxpayer resources on projects that provide a direct benefit to the environment and local communities
  • Establish and consistently use clear metrics to evaluate and strengthen the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s programs, activities, and services
  • Partner with communities and businesses to protect natural resources and promote economic growth
  • Improve the quality of natural resources through long-term planning, restoration, and maintenance
  • Empower employees to solve problems through innovation and efficiency
  • Proactively communicate a clear and consistent message both internally and externally

As the main supervisor of environmentally-impactful actions in the state, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is involved in many administrative law cases.  The DEP has six district offices which are located regionally across Florida.  In each of their respective regions, these offices review and process environmental permit applications, conduct periodic inspections of permitted facilities, respond to reports of environmental damage, and conduct compliance assistance and enforcement activities.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Maintenance and Restoration Efforts

As its largest current project, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has partnered with the South Florida Water Management District to pursue the restoration of Florida’s everglades.  Through the Restoration Strategies Water Quality Plan, the DEP commits to additional projects whose aim is to achieve the high standard already established for water quality in the Everglades.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has committed over $17.7 billion to Everglades maintenance and restoration efforts in tandem with the South Florida Water Management District and the federal government, which has committed to a 50:50 cost-share with Florida’s state faculties.  To date, the DEP has been successful in acquiring over 60% of the required lands for restoration.

Access Precedential
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Cases

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) publishes brief overviews of its final orders reaching back to the September of 1998 on its state website, but only offers full and detailed final orders from the last thirty days.  At FALR, we offer access to our consolidated database of all administrative court orders and hearings in full, including all precedential Florida Department of Environmental Protection Cases.  Our database service is complete with search functions which allow our customers to find the exact case documentation they seek in a single simple step.  Subscribing grants you instant access to our database, which updates automatically as new orders and hearings are entered by Florida courts.  We also offer a physical copy subscription, which provides bound book volumes of all indexed cases.

Importantly, our Supercumulative Indexes to published cases go back to 1979 in print, and 1989 online – where access is free to all!  You can also search online for free using our indexes.

 

The best legal publication for Environmental Caselaw is
Environmental & Land Use Administrative Law Reporter.

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