Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is the Florida government agency
Government agency
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 charged with environmental protection
Environmental protection
Environmental protection is a practice of protecting the environment, on individual, organizational or governmental level, for the benefit of the natural environment and humans. Due to the pressures of population and our technology the biophysical environment is being degraded, sometimes permanently...

By the mid-1960s, when the federal government
Federal government of the United States
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 was becoming more and more involved in initiatives designed to protect the country's environmental interests, Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

 had four agencies with responsibilities involving environmental protection in some relatively direct manner: the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (state land
Public land
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, including shore
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s, beach
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es, wetland
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s, and bodies of water
Body of water
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), the Department of Health
Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health is responsible for protecting the public health and safety of the residents and visitors of the State of Florida. It is a cabinet level agency of the state government, headed by a State surgeon general who reports to the Governor...

 (sewage treatment
Sewage treatment
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, drinking water
Drinking water
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Water quality
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), Department of Natural Resources (state park
State park
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s and recreation area
Recreation area
A recreation area is a type of protected area designated in some jurisdictions. In the United States, National Recreation Areas are administered by several different agencies. They typically do not meet the strict guidelines to become national parks. In U.S...

s), and Game and Freshwater Fish Commission
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is a Florida government agency charged with managing the state's fish and wildlife resources, regulating Florida's fisheries and wildlife, and enforcing related laws...

Hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife, for food, recreation, or trade. In present-day use, the term refers to lawful hunting, as distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law...

 and fishing
Fishing is the activity of trying to catch wild fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping....


Florida had no cohesive environmental agency to oversee the state's environment, when the Florida Department of Air and Water Pollution Control
Florida Department of Air and Water Pollution Control
The Florida Department of Air and Water Pollution Control was the state of Florida's first agency devoted strictly to environmental quality. It was created under the authority of Florida Statute 69-109 during the administration of Governor Claude Kirk, in 1969. The agency's name was changed to the...

 was created under Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr.
Claude R. Kirk, Jr.
Claude Roy Kirk, Jr. was the 36th Governor of the U.S. state of Florida . He was the first Republican Governor of Florida since Reconstruction.-Early life:...

 in the late 1960s.

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