Recently, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) announced its intent to assume the federal authority of Clean Water Act permits related to dredging and filling (Section 404). This means that our wetland and marine ecosystems could be at risk.
(Virginia Key Wetlands that could be impacted by this change in Clean Water Act authority. Photo credit: Greg Clark)
Florida's coastal wetlands and waterways produce direct, multi-bottom line benefits for our economy and environment. Section 404 authority under the Clean Water Act has traditionally been left to the federal government to ensure strict scrutiny of attempts to dredge and fill Waters of the United States. FDEP now wants to take that authority -- something only two other states in the union have done. FDEP's rationale? Federal oversight slows down projects, is duplicative, and creates red tape. Our position? Federal oversight is absolutely necessary for critical ecosystems like wetlands. Federal expertise is essential for this level of review and should not be given to the state which is already behind in their existing duties. We believe FDEP's attempt to assume authority is improper and does not adequately protect our wetlands and waterways.
Action Alert! We need your voice!
We need you to let FDEP know that you oppose their attempt to assume Clean Water Act Dredge & Fill (Section 404) authority.
Copy and paste the letter below and email it to Heather.Mason@floridadep.gov by midnight on April 30th, 2020.
Ready to get more involved?
Due to requests from the public, FDEP has agreed to hold two additional public hearings by telephone. Attend one of the telephone conferences below and give a verbal public comment expressing your opposition to this rulemaking!
Friday, April 24th at 9 AM EST
Monday, April 27th, at 9 AM EST
Parties may attend the hearings by telephone by calling: 1-888-585-9008, and entering conference room number 427-093-427.
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