Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Florida Regional Water Management Districts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida generally follows the federal rules under the Clean Water Act (CWA). However, Florida has created the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program, which it operates in conjunction with its authority to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Under the ERP, permits are processed by either the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or the appropriate Water Management District office, depending on what activity is being permitted. The state ERP program gives responsibility for protecting state wetlands to both the DEP and the state Water Management Districts. Stormwater discharges ...