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


New!DEPís 2014 Annual Report on Regional Water Supply Planning is now available!

New!SB 536 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. The Department already has conducted a survey and a series of public workshops to collect stakeholder comments. Stakeholders can stay involved in the study by attending upcoming work team meetings. For more information, including the meeting schedule, please visit the SB 536 Study web page.

New! Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Associated Priority Springs MFL update: On February 13, 2015, Administrative Law Judge Bram Cantor issued a ruling upholding the validity of the Florida Department of Environmental Protectionís proposed rule 62-42.300, which sets limits to protect and restore water flows in the Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and associated priority springs.

For more information please view our Minimum Flows and Levels 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: March 04, 2015