Florida Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Permit Process Kaizen Event Case Study
In Florida, the Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Submerged Lands and Environmental Resource Permitting Program (SLERP) addresses dredging, filling, and construction in wetlands and other surface waters. In response to observations that there were inefficiencies in the 30-day permit review process, FDEP’s Northwest District Office conducted a Lean kaizen event to streamline the SLERP “Dredge and Fill” permitting process. The objectives of the four-day Lean event were to introduce participants to Lean tools and to create an implementation plan to eliminate waste from the Dredge and Fill permit application process. This is a summary of the event and the results.