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The 2004 Florida Statutes

Title XXVIII
NATURAL RESOURCES; CONSERVATION, RECLAMATION, AND USE
Chapter 373
WATER RESOURCES
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Section 373.4145, Florida Statutes 2004

373.4145  Interim part IV permitting program for the Northwest Florida Water Management District.--

(1)  Within the geographical jurisdiction of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the permitting authority of the department under this part shall consist solely of the following, notwithstanding the rule adoption deadline in s. 373.414(9):

(a)  Chapter 17-25, Florida Administrative Code, shall remain in full force and effect, and shall be implemented by the department. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, chapter 17-25, Florida Administrative Code, may be amended by the department as necessary to comply with any requirements of state or federal laws or regulations, or any condition imposed by a federal program, or as a requirement for receipt of federal grant funds.

(b)  Rules adopted pursuant to the authority of 1ss. 403.91-403.929, 1984 Supplement to the Florida Statutes 1983, as amended, in effect prior to July 1, 1994, shall remain in full force and effect, and shall be implemented by the department. However, the department is authorized to establish additional exemptions and general permits for dredging and filling, if such exemptions or general permits do not allow significant adverse impacts to occur individually or cumulatively. However, for the purpose of chapter 17-312, Florida Administrative Code, the landward extent of surface waters of the state identified in rule 17-312.030(2), Florida Administrative Code, shall be determined in accordance with the methodology in rules 17-340.100 through 17-340.600, Florida Administrative Code, as ratified in s. 373.4211, upon the effective date of such ratified methodology. In implementing s. 373.421(2), the department shall determine the extent of those surface waters and wetlands within the regulatory authority of the department as described in this paragraph. At the request of the petitioner, the department shall also determine the extent of surface waters and wetlands which can be delineated by the methodology ratified in s. 373.4211, but which are not subject to the regulatory authority of the department as described in this paragraph.

(c)  The department may implement chapter 40A-4, Florida Administrative Code, in effect prior to July 1, 1994, pursuant to an interagency agreement with the Northwest Florida Water Management District adopted under s. 373.046(4).

(2)  The authority of the Northwest Florida Water Management District to implement this part or to implement any authority pursuant to delegation by the department shall not be affected by this section. The rule adoption deadline in s. 373.414(9) shall not apply to said district.

(3)  The division of permitting responsibilities in s. 373.046(4) shall not apply within the geographical jurisdiction of the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

(4)  If the United States Environmental Protection Agency approves an assumption of the federal program to regulate the discharge of dredged or fill material by the department or the water management districts, or both, pursuant to s. 404 of the Clean Water Act, Pub. L. No. 92-500, as amended, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq.; the United States Army Corps of Engineers issues one or more state programmatic general permits under the referenced statutes; or the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the United States Corps of Engineers approves any other delegation of regulatory authority under the referenced statutes, then the department may implement any permitting authority granted in this part within the Northwest Florida Water Management District which is prescribed as a condition of granting such assumption, general permit, or delegation.

(5)  Within the geographical jurisdiction of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the methodology for determining the landward extent of surface waters of the state under chapter 403 in effect prior to the effective date of the methodology ratified in s. 373.4211 shall apply to:

(a)  Activities permitted under the rules adopted pursuant to 1ss. 403.91-403.929, 1984 Supplement to the Florida Statutes 1983, as amended, or which were exempted from regulation under such rules, prior to July 1, 1994, and which were permitted under chapter 17-25, Florida Administrative Code, or exempt from chapter 17-25, Florida Administrative Code, prior to July 1, 1994, provided:

1.  An activity authorized by such permits is conducted in accordance with the plans, terms, and conditions of such permits.

2.  An activity exempted from the permitting requirements of the rules adopted pursuant to 1ss. 403.91-403.929, 1984 Supplement to the Florida Statutes 1983, as amended, or chapter 17-25, Florida Administrative Code, is:

a.  Commenced prior to July 1, 1994, and completed by July 1, 1999;

b.  Conducted in accordance with a plan depicting the activity which has been submitted to and approved for construction by the department, the appropriate local government, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, or the Northwest Florida Water Management District; and

c.  Conducted in accordance with the terms of the exemption.

(b)  An activity within the boundaries of a valid jurisdictional declaratory statement issued pursuant to 2s. 403.914, 1984 Supplement to the Florida Statutes 1983, as amended, or the rules adopted thereunder, in response to a petition received prior to June 1, 1994.

(c)  Any modification of a permitted or exempt activity as described in paragraph (a) which does not constitute a substantial modification or which lessens the environmental impact of such permitted or exempt activity. For the purposes of this section, a substantial modification is one which is reasonably expected to lead to substantially different environmental impacts.

(d)  Applications for activities permitted under the rules adopted pursuant to 1ss. 403.91-403.929, 1984 Supplement to the 1983 Florida Statutes, as amended, which were pending on June 15, 1994, unless the application elects to have applied the delineation methodology ratified in s. 373.4211.

(6)  Subsections (1), (2), (3), and (4) shall be repealed effective July 1, 2005.

History.--s. 8, ch. 94-122; s. 18, ch. 96-247; s. 5, ch. 96-370; s. 1, ch. 99-353; s. 1, ch. 2003-167.

1Note.--Sections 403.91-403.925 and 403.929 were repealed by s. 45, ch. 93-213, and s. 403.913, as amended by s. 46, ch. 93-213, was transferred to s. 403.939 and subsequently repealed by s. 18, ch. 95-145. The only section remaining within the cited range is s. 403.927.

2Note.--Repealed by s. 45, ch. 93-213.

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