About DEP Highlights

Mission: More Protection, Less Process

Working for a Cleaner Environment
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the lead agency in state government for environmental management and stewardship. The department administers regulatory programs and issues permits for air, water and waste management. It oversees the State’s land and water conservation program, Florida Forever, and manages the nationally award-winning Florida Park Service. The department is the main architect of the $7.8 billion funding and management plan to restore America’s Everglades – the largest water restoration project in the history of the world.

History of the Department of Environmental Protection
In 1993, the Florida Legislature merged the Department of Environmental Regulation with the Department of Natural Resources to form the Department of Environmental Protection.

The Department of Environmental Protection -- Now
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is one of fifteen state government agencies under the executive branch of the Governor. The agency has 3000 full-time employees working in its capital offices, two state-of-the-art laboratories and six regional offices. Learn more about our offices.

Last updated: November 08, 2005