Don't empty the water jar until the rain
- Philippine proverb
Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Associated Priority Springs MFL update: The Department has published a Notice of Change. Based on comments received at the public hearing held on April 3, 2014, the Department published a Notice of Change on April 8, 2014. This Notice of Change requires that renewing users be limited to a permit of five years, unless, at their election, they will offset or eliminate their existing impact to the MFL water bodies in accordance with an implementation schedule included in their permit For more information please view our Minimum Flows and Levels Rulemaking page.
Updated Florida Water Plan Now Available: The
Florida Water Plan provides information on the
goals, guidance, and activities of the Departmentís
water resource programs. The plan is updated annually.
CUPCon Update: The Suwannee River, South Florida, Southwest Florida and Northwest Florida Water Management Districts
have all published notice of proposed rules in the
Florida Administrative Registrar. These districts plan
to complete their rulemaking in late spring 2014. The
St. Johns River Water Management District held a rule
development workshop on January 23, 2014. In April 2014,
the St. Johns Water Management District plans to request
authorization to publish the notice of proposed rules to
amend their consumptive use permitting rules in
accordance with the statewide effort to improve
consistency. For more information and links to the updated rules please view our
2013 Annual Status Report on Regional Water Supply Planning
By the year 2030, water managers estimate that Floridians will use an additional 1.3 billion gallons of water per day. Floridaís continued growth places pressure on the stateís water resources, and the need to ensure these resources are available for future generations becomes increasingly important. Florida is taking many steps toward meeting those future needs in a manner that will sustain our natural resources. The Departmentís Annual Report on Regional Water Supply Planning describes the stateís progress toward meeting the 2030 water supply needs.
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.