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Permitting Consistency
Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting (SWERP)

Currently, between DEP and Florida's five water management districts, at least five different versions of the environmental resource permitting (ERP) rules are in place statewide. Reducing the number and complexity of the rules will make it easier for everyone to understand and apply what is expected of them during the ERP regulatory process, and will improve predictability and consistency in permitting decisions. A statewide rule will not raise or lower environmental standards.

In April 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation granting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) the authority to create one statewide rule for the ERP program.

Suwannee River Water Management District is working with DEP, the other water management districts, local governments, citizens and businesses throughout the development of the statewide rule.

DEP will host two rulemaking workshops via webinar. All interested parties are invited to participate. The webinars will be held on August 7 and 16. For more information please visit DEP's SWERP Workshop web page.
More information
For all up-to-date information about the Statewide ERP rulemaking, please visit DEP's website or contact Tim Sagul at 386.362.1001 or 800.226.1066 (FL toll free).