PURPOSE: The District is proposing to adopt the "Procedure for Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) Water Quality Evaluations for Applications Involving Discharges to Outstanding Florida Waters and Water Bodies that Do Not Meet State Water Quality Standards," which is an update of the current Design Aid in ERP Applicants' Handbook Volume II. This procedure will be included in a new Appendix E to ERP Applicants' Handbook Volume II. This rule will not create new standards or change the existing ERP application process.
STATUS: Three rule development workshops were held in November 2013 in Fort Myers, Kissimmee and West Palm Beach, and this item was presented to the Water Resources Advisory Commission on March 6, 2014, and June 5, 2014. On June 12, 2014, the Governing Board adopted the proposed rules with changes based on comments received from the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, Department of Environmental Protection, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The rule is expected to become effective Aug. 7, 2014.
PURPOSE: The District proposes to amend Rules 40E-1.021, F.A.C., to define the term "posting" and Rule 40E-1.6058, F.A.C., to promote regulatory streamlining, cost savings and increase transparency by defining the term "posting" and providing for website posting of the receipt of certain applications, as opposed to newspaper publication.
STATUS: The District is proposing to adopt amendments to Rule 40E-1.021, F.A.C., to define "electronic posting" as placing notice through a link on the home page of the District's website; and to amend Rule 40E-1.6058, F.A.C., to provide electronic posting of "notice of receipt of permit application" for certain types of permit applications as a means of providing notice instead of publication in the newspaper. Permit applications specified in Section 373.116, F.S., will continue to be published in the newspaper.
Dec. 12, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. SFWMD Headquarters B-1 Auditorium 3301 Gun Club Road West Palm Beach, FL 33406
PURPOSE: As a result of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program and the State's efforts in verifying impaired water bodies, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in coordination with the other water management districts, proposes to develop a new Chapter 62-347, F.A.C., to develop updated stormwater quality treatment design and performance standards for new developments applying for Environmental Resource Permits. These design and performance standards (for example, efficiencies in treatment to reduce pollutant loads discharging to surface waters) will update the existing criteria and reflect new research on design and performance standards, and particularly today's understanding of the impact of nutrient discharges from surface water management systems on water quality. The goal is to provide stormwater quality treatment design and performance standards that can be applied state-wide. The District proposes to amend its rules and criteria to incorporate the new Chapter 62-347, F.A.C.
STATUS: The Governing Board authorized publication of a Notice of Rule Development on May 10, 2007, and a Notice of Rule Development was published in the FAW on June 1, 2007. If you wish to receive notices of public meeting and copies of rule drafts on this specific rulemaking topic regarding "Stormwater Permitting," please log on to DEP's Statewide Rule website (see link below) and click on the interested parties mailing list sign-up link. DEP's Statewide Rule link below includes all the available information on this rule development initiative.
Development of the rule is currently on hold. Factors affecting future development of the rule include future review pursuant to Executive Order Nos. 11-01 and 11-72 by the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform and future State legislation. In the interim, additional nutrient removal effectiveness data will be pursued primarily for underdrain filtration and dry detention systems at commercial sites.
The South Florida Water Management District is committed to working with the Governor's Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform and with the Florida Legislature to enhance the rulemaking process and to keeping our communities informed. Please check this website for updates.
Permitting Legislation (SB 2080) and Public Comment
Just the Facts: Improving Public Involvement in Permitting at the SFWMD (July 2009) [PDF]
Guest Editorial from Michael W. Sole, Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection [PDF]
Ripple Effect eNewsletter, July 2009 – SFWMD Increases Transparency and Enhances Public Process for Regulatory Permitting Programs [PDF]
Rulemaking Legislation (HB1565) effective November 17, 2010, sets threshold for when agencies must prepare a Statement of Estimated Regulatory Cost and when a proposed rule must be ratified by the Legislature.
The Regulatory Peer Review Forum was implemented in March of 1996 and focuses on regulatory issues. Members of the Peer Review Group include representatives from local and state governments, as well as representatives of firms who regularly submit permit applications for projects. These representatives provide input on questions, concerns, and proposed improvements to those parts of the regulatory process which relate to environmental resource permitting.
An invitation is extended to anyone who wishes to share perspectives on all aspects of the permitting process in order that the Regulation Division can better serve the public.
If you have any questions, please contact Tony Waterhouse email@example.com (561) 682-6867
A 2009 amendment to Chapter 373 of the Florida Statutes delegates to executive directors at the state's five water management districts the authority to approve permit applications related to water resources and the environment. To ensure continuing public involvement, the South Florida Water Management District is strengthening its commitment to transparency and open government by increasing public access to its permitting process via Monthly Regulatory Meetings held for the public.
NOTE: These meetings were canceled:
November 21, 2012
July 18, 2012
If you wish to participate in Public Meetings to discuss Regulatory Matters but cannot attend them in West Palm Beach, you can interact and provide comments during video-conferences at these service centers.