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


New! 62-40 F.A.C., Rulemaking -The Department has proposed amendments to Chapter 62-40, F.A.C. Comments on the draft amendments are being accepted until May 29, 2015 and may be emailed to Rule_62-40_Comments@dep.state.fl.us. For more information, including the draft rule amendments, please visit the Rulemaking for Chapter 62-40, Water Resource Implementation Rule webpage.

New! SB 536 Study and Work Team Meeting Schedule - Senate Bill 536 requires DEP to study and report on expanding the use of reclaimed water and stormwater/excess surface water throughout Florida. For more information, including work team meeting schedules, please visit the SB 536 Study web 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: May 20, 2015