Commissioner Nikki Fried on Florida Seizing Wetlands Permitting From EPA

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

(FDACS) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed an agreement granting Florida authority to issue construction permits in protected wetlands, an authority previously handled for many years by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA. In the 43 years since states were allowed to seek wetland permitting authority, only two had requests approved, and none since 1994. Both of …


Saving Florida’s Treasured Wetlands

Dan Environment, Florida, USDA-NRCS

Many living in the state of Florida understand why wetlands are treasures of the state. But according to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly half of 20.3 million wetland acres have been lost since settlers began draining and diking wetlands in the 19th century. And of course the growing population threatens what remains. So USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation service …


Work to Save Florida’s Wetland Acres

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

According to a U.S Fish and Wildlife Service report, nearly half of Florida’s 20.3 million wetland acres have been lost since settlers began draining and diking them back in the 19th century. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Florida wants to make sure landowners are familiar with the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which helps preserve and restore these …


Scott Calls for Boost in Environmental Budget

Dan Environment, Florida

Florida-wetlands-EvergladesSpending on Florida’s natural resources and environmental programs would grow by $220 million under a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott as he nears his final recommended state budget. The $1.7 billion environmental package for lawmakers to consider in 2018 includes increased funding for the state’s springs, beaches and parks, along with $355 million for Everglades restoration, $50 million to help …