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


New!62-40 Notice of Rule Development Workshop - The Department has published, in the Florida Administrative Register, a notice of rule development workshop for amendments to Chapter 62-40, F.A.C. The proposed rule amendments include the following topics: the designation of “alternative water supplies” in regional water supply plans; the designation of Water Resource Caution Areas; the time period that applications are subject to competition pursuant to the provisions of Section 373.233, F.S.; and the Water Management Districts’ development of strategic plans. The workshop agenda can be found here.

The rule development workshop will be held:

Date: May 15, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m.

Place: Department of Environmental Protection Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building Conference Rooms A and B 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399

This workshop will also be broadcast via webinar where comments will be accepted. Webinar registration is via https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3570987633453610498. Advanced registration is strongly recommended.

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 DEP’s 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 state’s water resources, and regional water supply planning. Our functions include:

  • Working in close coordination with the Florida’s 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 DEP’s 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: April 27, 2015