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


New! 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.

New! 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.

New! 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 CUPcon Rulemaking page.

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: August 18, 2014