Ecosystem Management in the State of Florida

by Ernest L. Barnett,
Jim Lewis,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), acting at the direction of the 1993 legislature and the Governor, has developed a concept for implementing ecosystem management in the state of Florida. The DEP established twelve broad based committees to review and make recommendations on a variety of issues related to implementation of ecosystem management. The committees were chaired by business interests, environmentalists, land owners, other agency representatives and department employees. Close to 300 people from around the state representing different interest groups and federal, state and local agencies participated on the committees which met between June and October 1994. Each committee submitted its final report to the DEP on October 31. An Implementation Strategy Committee (which was made up of the chairs of the other committees, plus local government, Water Management District, EPA, and Governor's Office representatives) evaluated the recommendations of the committees and crafted them into a final program for implementation of ecosystem management by the Department. Fifty-two recommendations have been produced through the committee process and the department and others are now implementing the strategy.

Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Water management | State government | Public opinion and participation | Owners | Local government | Legislation | Florida | United States

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