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


Ch. 62-40, F.A.C., Rulemaking – The Department has proposed amendments to Chapter 62-40, F.A.C. Comments on the draft amendments are being accepted until May 29, 2015 and may be emailed to Rule_62-40_Comments@dep.state.fl.us. For more information, including the draft rule amendments, please visit the Rulemaking for Chapter 62-40, Water Resource Implementation Rule webpage.


62-42 F.A.C., Rulemaking – On June 10, 2015, the Governor signed into law HB7081, effectively ratifying rule 62-42.300, F.A.C., which adopts Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) for the Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Associated Priority Springs, along with the regulatory portion of the Recovery Strategy for those waterbodies. This ratification culminates a rulemaking process that started, at the request of the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District, on September 11, 2013 and features the first cross-boundary MFL adopted by the Department. Chapter 62-42, F.A.C., can be found at the Florida Administrative Code webpage.

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: July 01, 2015