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Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls.
- Philippine proverb


New! Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Associated Priority Springs MFL update: The Department has published a Notice of Change. Based on comments received at the public hearing held on April 3, 2014, the Department published a Notice of Change on April 8, 2014. This Notice of Change requires that renewing users be limited to a permit of five years, unless, at their election, they will offset or eliminate their existing impact to the MFL water bodies in accordance with an implementation schedule included in their permit For more information please view our Minimum Flows and Levels Rulemaking page.

New! Updated Florida Water Plan Now Available: The Florida Water Plan provides information on the goals, guidance, and activities of the Departmentís water resource programs. The plan is updated annually.

New! CUPCon Update: The Suwannee River, South Florida, Southwest Florida and Northwest Florida Water Management Districts have all published notice of proposed rules in the Florida Administrative Registrar. These districts plan to complete their rulemaking in late spring 2014. The St. Johns River Water Management District held a rule development workshop on January 23, 2014. In April 2014, the St. Johns Water Management District plans to request authorization to publish the notice of proposed rules to amend their consumptive use permitting rules in accordance with the statewide effort to improve consistency. For more information and links to the updated rules please view our CUPcon Rulemaking page.

New! 2013 Annual Status Report on Regional Water Supply Planning (912 KB)

By the year 2030, water managers estimate that Floridians will use an additional 1.3 billion gallons of water per day. Floridaís continued growth places pressure on the stateís water resources, and the need to ensure these resources are available for future generations becomes increasingly important. Florida is taking many steps toward meeting those future needs in a manner that will sustain our natural resources. The Departmentís Annual Report on Regional Water Supply Planning describes the stateís progress toward meeting the 2030 water supply needs.

The Office of Water Policy plays a key role in ensuring effective implementation of DEPís responsibilities under the Florida Water Resources Act (Chapter 373, Florida Statutes). The office addresses statewide water management issues in coordination with the water management districts and other agencies. Examples include water plans for the DEP and water management districts, minimum flows and levels for the stateís water resources, and regional water supply planning. Our functions include:

  • Working in close coordination with the Floridaís five regional water management districts (WMDs) and other agencies to resolve statewide water planning and management issues.

  • Developing policies on water management issues.

  • Working with WMDs to ensure that regional water supply plans and programs are consistent with provisions of the Florida Water Resources Act, the Florida Water Plan, and other applicable guidance.

  • Assisting in the fulfillment of DEPís water management responsibilities under Chapter 373, 403, and other statutes and rules, pertaining to water supply, flood protection, floodplain management, water quality, and protection of natural systems.

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Last updated: April 08, 2014