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Nonpoint Source Management Program

The Nonpoint Source Management Program (NPSM) is responsible for the implementation of the State of Florida's nonpoint source management programs. These programs are implemented cooperatively by the Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's water management districts, other state agencies (i.e., Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of Health), local governments, and by the public. The goal of these programs is to reduce nonpoint source pollution from land use activities. 

The Nonpoint Source Management Program administers the following programs:

  • State Stormwater Management Program Coordination, pursuant to Sections 403.061(32) and 403.0891, F.S.
  • State Stormwater Management Program training and certification programs pursuant to Section 403.0896, F.S.
  • State Nonpoint Source Management Program pursuant to Section 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act. This program brings in about $6 million per year in federal grant funds that are used to reduce nonpoint sources of pollution. NPSM involves development, refinement, and coordinating program implementation which is carried out by various DEP programs along with programs administered by other state agencies, the water management districts and local governments.
  • Coastal Nonpoint Source Management Program pursuant to Section 6217 of the Federal Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments. Coordinate implementation of this program, especially with the Florida Coastal Management Program, which is the state's lead coastal management agency.
  • Clean Lakes Program pursuant to Section 314 of the Federal Clean Water Act. Federal funds are no longer available for this program although the implementation of lake restoration activities may be funded from the Section 319 grant program.
  • The Departmentís Nonpoint Source Management Plan & Appendices 2015 (2.65 MB) is now available for download.


Each staff person has a specialized area of nonpoint source expertise. However, most of the section's staff have been cross trained and conduct activities under both the State Stormwater Management Program and the State Nonpoint Source Management Program. All staff serve as project managers for federally funded NPS projects, provide technical assistance, and conduct public education programs. Total staff resources in the section include:

  • Kate Merchant (formerly Brackett), Program Administrator, 850-245-2952
  • Mary-Elizabeth Parker, Administrative Assistant, 850-245-2836
  • Amanda Peck, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2948
  • Michael Scheinkman, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2951
  • Misty Alderman, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2946
  • Casey Marsten, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2949
  • Andrew Briscoe, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2944
  • Taufiqul Aziz, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2950
  • Connie Becker, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2945
  • Katie Britt, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2938
  • Michael Barr, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-2947
  • Halton Lunsford, Environmental Specialist, 850-245-8294
  • Michael Thomas, Professional Engineer, 850-245-7513


                                              Florida Nonpoint Source Project Tour

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                                                            Florida Nonpoint Source Project Tour


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Nonpoint Source Management Program
Division of Water Restoration Assistance
3900 Commonwealth Blvd MS 3570
Douglas Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000


104(b) Grant Project Summaries

Section 319 Grant Funding

TMDL Grant Funding

Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector Training and Certification Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Publications and Reports

Urban Stormwater Program

Stormwater/NPDES Rules

Nonpoint Source Program Legislative Authority

Agricultural Nonpoint Source Program

Pesticide Container Recycling

Cattle Dipping Vats

Stormwater Project Loans  (SRF)

Related Links


Other Water Project Funding Sources

Last updated: November 07, 2016

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