Don't empty the water jar until the rain
- 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.