Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
State Water Management Districts
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida has received authorization from EPA to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The state has adopted the federal effluent limitations for feedlots. Florida has expanded pollution management requirements for dairy cattle to include milked or dry cows and for dairy farms located in the Lake Okeechobee Drainage Basin. Florida also has water pollution rules applicable to commercial egg production facilities. The Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Suwannee River Water Management District issue environmental resource permits (ERPs) for agricultural activities that take ...