Don't empty the water jar until the rain
- Philippine proverb
SB 536 Study -
Deadline Extended! The 2014 Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 536 requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a study and submit a report on the expansion of the use of reclaimed water and stormwater/excess surface water. Currently, we are conducting an on-line survey of stakeholders interested in this study. To participate, stakeholders can access the survey from our SB 536 Study web page
through August 24. We will be holding public
meetings to discuss survey results and gather more
stakeholder comments this fall. Stay tuned to our SB 536
Study web page for more details.
Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Associated Priority Springs MFL update: The Department and Suwannee River Water Management District received two rule challenges to proposed Chapter 62-42, F.A.C., which sets forth the proposed MFLs. A hearing before an administrative law judge at the Division of Administrative Hearings concluded June 13, 2014. Outcome of the hearing is pending. For more information please view our Minimum Flows and Levels Rulemaking page.
CUPCon Update: The amendments to the Consumptive Use Permitting Rules for the Suwannee River, South Florida, Southwest Florida and Northwest Florida Water Management Districts rules are now in effect. The St. Johns River Water Management District published a notice of change on June 13, 2014 and anticipates that the rules will become effective late summer or early fall 2014. For more information and links to the updated rules please view our
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.