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


New!SB 536 Stakeholder Comments and Work Team Schedule - The 2014 Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 536 requiring DEP to study and report on expanding the use of reclaimed water and stormwater/excess surface water throughout Florida. The Department recently conducted a series of public workshops in each water management district to collect stakeholder comments. The comment period is still open! Please mail your comments to sb536study@dep.state.fl.us by December 5, 2014. Stay tuned to the SB 536 Study web page Ė the schedule of December work team meetings is now available.

New! Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Associated Priority Springs MFL update: On November 7, 2014, a Notice of Change for Chapter 62-42, F.A.C. was published in the Florida Administrative Register. There is no change to the minimum flows or the regulatory provisions to implement them. 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: November 20, 2014