Water Project Funding in Florida
FDEP's Division of Water Restoration Assistance
provides funding assistance for many types of water,
wastewater, surface water, stormwater, NPDES,
non-point source, beaches, and non-mandatory land
reclamation projects. For more
information on the programs available within the
Division please see the following links:
State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans
for wastewater, stormwater and drinking water. Loans at
significantly discounted interest rates are available to fund both
construction and pre-construction (planning, design) activities. The
SRF is by far DEP's largest funding program and makes $200-300
million or more available, primarily to local governments, each
Disadvantaged Small Community
for wastewater management infrastructure for municipalities with
fewer than 10,000 people and per capita incomes less than the state
average as of the most recent decennial Census. Local matching funds
are required. The amount of available funding depends on the
repayment stream from SRF loans and additional legislative
appropriations, if any.
Federal section 319(h) grants for
stormwater retrofit projects and stormwater best management
practices in priority watersheds. Local matching funds or in-kind
contributions are required. Approximately $7-8 million is available
each year depending on federal appropriations.
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) funding
primarily for stormwater retrofit projects, is targeted to surface
waters that have been identified as "impaired" (not meeting water
quality standards) through DEP's TMDL program.
The amount of financial assistance each year varies depending on
legislative appropriations and may not be available every year.
to implement beach restoration and nourishment activities, project design and
engineering studies, environmental studies and monitoring, inlet management
planning, inlet sand transfer, dune restoration and protection activities, and
other beach erosion prevention related activities consistent with the adopted
Strategic Beach Management Plan. Projects typically are funded by DEP in
partnership with local governments and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Annual
funding varies from year to year. The legislature may consider additional
legislative appropriations in response to hurricanes and other storms that
exacerbate coastal erosion.
Nonmandatory Land Reclamation Program was designed to
provide funding for the reclamation of eligible phosphate lands
mined before July 1975, when reclamation became a permit
requirement. The program provides incentive for landowners to
voluntary reclaim where costs often exceed land value to improve
environmental and economic utility of lands by removing safety
hazards and improving water quality and quantity.
For a more comprehensive listing of available
funding in Florida from FDEP and other agencies/entities, download this
handy guide to
Water Resource Funding in Florida.