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Suwannee River, FloridaSurface Water Quality Standards

With over 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, 7800 lakes, and 4000 square miles of estuaries, Florida has an abundance of surface waters that are used for a variety of purposes by the people who live and work here, by those who are visiting, and by the fish and wildlife that depend on these waters.

The federal Clean Water Act provides the statutory basis for state water quality standards programs. The regulatory requirements governing these programs (Water Quality Standards Regulation) are published in 40 CFR 131. States are responsible for reviewing, establishing, and revising water quality standards. Florida’s surface water quality standards system is published in 62-302 (and 62-302.530) of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The components of this system include: classifications, criteria, including site specific criteria, an anti-degradation policy, and special protection of certain waters (Outstanding Florida Waters).

Proposed Revision of Human Health-Based Water Quality Criteria and Establishment of New Surface Water Classification, Class I-Treated (Treated Potable Water Supplies)

The Department of Environmental Protection (department) is initiating rulemaking to consider proposed revisions to the human health-based surface water quality criteria in Chapter 62-302, F.A.C., that are designed to ensure that Floridians can safely eat Florida fish and drink local tap water.  The revisions are based on updated scientific information, including more recent fish and drinking water consumption rate information, updated toxicological information, and revised methods to estimate bioaccumulation of pollutants in fish.  Additionally, in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 403.061(29)(b) and paragraphs 403.861(21)(a) and (b), Florida Statutes, enacted under Chapter 2016-01, Laws of Florida, the department is proposing to establish a new Classification of surface waters (Class I-Treated, Treated Potable Water Supplies) and to reclassify seven Class III surface waters into the new classification.

Frequently Asked Questions about Human Health Criteria

Water Quality Standards Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road - M.S. 6511
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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Surface Water Classifications (Uses), Water Quality Criteria, and Antidegradation Policies

Alternate Surface Water Quality Standards


Numeric Nutrient Standards

Outstanding Florida Waters

South Florida Canal Study

Surface Water Quality Support Documents


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Last updated: July 27, 2016

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