This page profiles the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an agency run by the government of Florida. The bureau was created from the amalgamation of the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection currently oversees Florida's five water management districts. Its headquarters is the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building in Tallahassee, named after an environmentalist known for her Everglades conservation advocacy.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for preventing the degradation of Florida’s air, water, and land through policy, planning, and projects. The department divides its responsibilities into three categories: regulatory programs, planning and management, and land and recreation.
The Department formulates legislation designed to protect Florida's natural resources, and ensure the health of its ecosystems. Decisions relating to land management, fishing, hunting, waste dumping, and vehicle emissions are all responsibilities of this department. They regulate air, water, and land pollution, dictate where toxic waste facilities, general waste management facilities, and power plants may be built, and police the use of shorelines and wetlands.
Responsibilities that fall under the "planning and management" category include the survey of Florida's environmental conditions, the oversight of the water management districts, the curtailing of the advancement of invasive species, and land restoration.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection also manages Florida's state-owned lands. They control all public parks, managing park rangers, structures, and guest conduct. The agency ensures that guests' use of Florida's parks is an enjoyable experience while preserving the parks for future generations. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection manages 10,000 acres of land.
One of the main concerns of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the preservation and restoration of Florida's Everglades. The Department is currently involved in the purchase of private land that was once part of the Everglades for the purpose of restoration. This swampland had been drained and used for sugar farming, but it may soon be returned to its natural state.
If you would like to learn more about the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, visit their website at www.sfwmd.gov.
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