DEP Secretary Appoints Drew Bartlett As Deputy Secretary For Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. today announced the appointment of Drew Bartlett as Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration. Drew Bartlett replaces Greg Munson, who is leaving the Department to pursue a professionally challenging opportunity in the private sector. Bartlett will start in the new role Aug. 26.   Drew Bartlett Photo

“Greg Munson was instrumental in implementing Governor Scott’s landmark Everglades water quality plan and I am thankful for his service,“ Vinyard said. “Greg’s contribution to water supply planning will also have a positive impact on all Floridians for decades to come.”

Drew Bartlett most recently served as Director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. Under Bartlett’s leadership during the two previous years, the state has implemented the most comprehensive nutrient water quality standards in the nation. Bartlett also made it a priority to protect and restore Florida’s springs. In 2011, the Department adopted pollution limits for all the state’s springs. Bartlett’s team also set Florida’s first restoration roadmap for a spring in the Santa Fe River basin.

“One of my top priorities remains getting Florida’s water right, and Drew Bartlett is committed to using the best science to restoring the health of our important ecosystems.” Vinyard added, with high praise for Bartlett’s accomplishments.

In addition to working with the Water Management Districts, the Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration will also oversee the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, the Office of Ecosystem Projects, the Office of Water Policy and the Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, Florida Coastal Management Program and the Intercontinental Shelf Program. The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration is currently housed under Regulatory Programs. With Bartlett’s appointment, the Division will shift to the Office of Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration.

“The Department under Secretary Vinyard is very focused on water quality, water quantity and ecosystem priorities,” said Drew Bartlett. “I look forward to continuing to advance the ball on water quality restoration issues that are critical to our state including Everglades restoration.”

Replacing Bartlett as director of the Division will be Tom Frick, who has overseen the state’s restoration goal (TMDL) and restoration plan (BMAP)  programs for three years as Bureau Chief of Watershed Restoration within the Division. Frick, who earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from Florida State University and started with the Department in 1994, has more than 18 years of experience in environmental sciences.

About Drew Bartlett

Drew Bartlett has served as the Director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration since 2011. Prior to his current position, he was Chief of the Standards, Monitoring, & TMDL Branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 office, responsible for implementing those programs authorized by the Clean Water Act.

Prior to his work in surface water quality, Bartlett spent 10 years implementing programs under the Safe Drinking Water Act. For seven years, he administered the public water supply program in the southeast through the transition of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments. He also administered for three years the ground water monitoring, wellhead protection, and underground injection control programs in the southeast. Bartlett earned a bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University.

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