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
The Department of Environmental Protection -- Now
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.