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Statewide Stormwater Treatment Rule Development

Statewide Stormwater Treatment Rule Development

Wakulla SpringsTo address growing concerns about over-enrichment of Florida’s surface waters, ground waters, and springs by nutrients, the Department and the Water Management Districts are developing a statewide stormwater treatment rule. This rule represents a significant step forward in the control of nutrient loadings from stormwater discharges.

A Technical Advisory Committee was established to assist the Department and Water Management District staffs in developing the first versions of the draft rule and Applicant's Handbook.  The TAC met 10 times between March 2008 and September 2009 and provided invaluable assistance in evolving the first drafts. We will be using this web site and a mailing list to distribute information about the development of the stormwater rule and keep the public informed.

Rule Development Schedule - Revised September 27, 2010

  • TAC meetings March – November 2008
  • Develop revised Applicant's Handbook - December 2008 - June 2009
  • TAC meetings - July - September  2009
  • Develop revised Applicant’s Handbook and draft rule – October 2009 – March 2010
  • Post revised AH and draft review on web site – Mid March 2010

Rule workshops – May 2010 Schedule / Locations / Recordings

  • Comments due by June 18, 2010
  • Identify underdrain filtration and dry detention systems at commercial sites for nutrient removal effectiveness monitoring – July – August 2010
  • Obtain permission to monitor sites – September – December 2010
  • Conduct monitoring of sites – April 2011 – April 2012
  • Next steps in this rulemaking process will be determined in the future.  Factors that  may influence the rulemaking process will be review of the rulemaking pursuant to Executive Order No. 11-01 by the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform, the status of national stormwater rulemaking by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and  any legislation coming out of the 2012 Florida legislative session that may affect the implementation of the state’s stormwater program.

Revised Draft Rule and Applicant's Handbook (March 2010)

Technical Papers and Background Materials

Issue Work Groups


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