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Water Restoration Assistance

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:Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Low interest 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 year.

  • Disadvantaged Small Community Wastewater Grants 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.

  • Nonpoint Source Management Program is responsible for the implementation of the State of Florida's nonpoint source management programs. Through this program, the following funding is available:

    • 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.

  • Beach funding 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.

  • The 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.

  • Deepwater Horizon

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.


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Last updated: August 15, 2017

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