Long-Term Maintenance Dredging PermIts--Florida's New Approach to Regulation and Its Implications for Federal, State, and Local Reformsby F. D. Calder, Florida Dep of Environmental, Regulation, Tallahassee, FL, USA,
L. C. Burney, Florida Dep of Environmental, Regulation, Tallahassee, FL, USA,
J. D. Ryan, Florida Dep of Environmental, Regulation, Tallahassee, FL, USA,
H. L. Windom, Florida Dep of Environmental, Regulation, Tallahassee, FL, USA,
Abstract: Florida has developed a long-term maintenance dredging permit process to reduce problems in obtaining regulatory approvals. Under Florida's new program, the term of the permit depends on the port's capability to plan for and manage anticipated volumes of dredged material in an efficient and environmentally sound manner. To obtain a long-term permit, applicants must submit a 'port-wide' disposal plan for at least the period of the requested permit. However, local sponsors, ports, and the Corps of Engineers often do not have necessary information, capabilities, or legal authorities to develop and implement adequate disposal planning and management programs. This paper discusses several basic improvements in federal, state, and local programs that are critical to long-range port planning/management and full implementation of long-term maintenance dredging permits.
Subject Headings: Maintenance | Federal government | Dredging | Dredged materials | Permits | Ports and harbors | Environmental issues | Information management | North America | Florida | United States
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