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1 Florida Department of Environmental Protection We are “SLERP” State Lands & Environmental Resources 21 staff 150 person Central District 1 of 6 of regulatory districts Part of DEP’s Division of Water Resources 1 of 3 DEP regulatory divisions

2 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Acting on behalf of… The Governor & Secretary Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Governor & Cabinet) Army Corps of Engineers Two water management districts

3 Two sides of the house Regulatory = Environmental Wetlands Other resources Pollution July 14, 2011 Proprietary = State property (sovereign submerged lands) Clear agreements Fair (as per rules) use of land Revenue

4 Florida Department of Environmental Protection You need an Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) for… Most land alterations and construction in uplands, wetlands, and other surface waters As per (1), F.A.C.

5 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Typical projects Electric/phone lines Single family homes Water Mgt. District projects Special cases Marinas Docks Seawalls Beltway High speed rail Landfills Power plants Water plants Pipelines

6 You need State Lands Authorization for… In, on, over, or under state-owned submerged lands Landlord/tenant relationship & agreements Revenue “Cumulative” and concurrent with ERP July 14, 2011

7 Florida Department of Environmental Protection DEP & the Water Mgt. Districts: Division of labor WMDs Residential & commercial development Roads Agriculture Associated SSL Authorization w/ the above DEP Single family residences Marinas not associated w/ other upland development Utilities Governmental dredging & other “in water” Sovereign Submerged Lands Authorization tied with these projects Governed by operating agreements as per , F.A.C.

8 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Commenting agencies and branches : Florida Fish & Wildlife Florida Dept. of State Division of Historical Resources DEP office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas DEP Division of State Lands DEP Engineering Evaluation Section DEP Division of Rec & Parks

9 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Outstanding Florida Waters & Aquatic Preserves Butler Chain Outstanding Florida Waters Wekiva River Outstanding Florida Waters & Aquatic Preserve Econlockhatchee River Outstanding Florida Waters

10 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Impaired Waters Crane Strand & Long Branch Lake Carlton, Beauclair and Apopka Lake Jesup

11 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Our various branches: Delineations Jim Lee 1/8 of an FTE Plays by the rules Head trainer 25 paid delineations per year

12 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater engineering Deb and Leo ¼ of an FTE Presumptive criteria & new rule “make the world into a better place” Water Mgt. Districts

13 Florida Department of Environmental Protection SLERP permitting Lisa and Erica About ½ FTE 280 permits in four years 200 with State Lands

14 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Key factors in review of applications: No net loss Avoid, minimize, mitigate Water storage Water quality Flushing issue Sovereignty submerged lands Cumulative impacts Secondary impacts Looking for “reasonable assurance”

15 Florida Department of Environmental Protection SLERP compliance Terry, Jennifer, Leo and the interns ½+ FTE Focused efforts: onsite mitigation stormwater in impaired basins Influence the permittee

16 Florida Department of Environmental Protection SLERP enforcement Pamela, Lauren and Sirena About ½ FTE Stay informal About 80 complaints in Orange County per year Divide and conquer with EPD “reasonable” and “discretion”

17 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Key factors in enforcement: “allowable”? Same factors as permitting More grey “Reasonable” application of the law & rules – discretion

18 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Your FTE scorecard BRANCHFTEs Permitting.5 Enforcement.5 Compliance.25 Delineation & training.125 Administrative support.25 Total1.625 FTEs The importance of experts

19 Florida Department of Environmental Protection 120 rights: Window that opens - and shuts Publish public notice 14 or 21 days to challenge DEP’s intent Burden of proof Go to hearing – or forever hold your peace

20 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Tales of the unusual Pilot projects General Drive Septage Alligators in stormwater ponds

21 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Streamlining SLERP Ongoing: More exemptions, NGPs, self-certs “LEAN” at direction of Secretary Vinyard Emphasis on: Pre-application meetings and “completeness assistance” Goal: Issue 90% of permits within 180 days Keeping score as of July 1 Since 2005: “Wildly Important Goals”

22 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Noticed General Permits “Already issued” in F.A.C. $100 fee No more than one RAI Artificial reefs Certain boat ramps Private docks up to 2,000 sq. ft. Rip rap in front of seawalls Culverted roadway crossings & bridges over artificial waters Some FDOT, county & city road & bridge activities within ROW Relocation of aerial power & phone lines for road improvements Certain utility cable, conduit & pipeline installations & crossings Environmental restoration & enhancement by DEP & WMDs

23 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Self-certifications Single family docks Single family dock with a boat lift Repair or replace of a single family dock Addition of a boat lift Notice General Permit riprap at the toe of an existing seawall

24 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Exemptions: “Dry” transmission lines Little docks Little boat ramps Dock repair or replace Seawall restore or replace Maintenance dredging of channels Pipe or culvert repair Aid to navigation installation Transmission line placement on or in river/lake Single family stormwater facilities Limited plant removal from shorelines Floating vessel platforms , FS De minimis (6), FS Grandfathered (11)-(16), FS

25 Florida Department of Environmental Protection One of the 23% out of compliance


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