Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Resource Management
Florida Water Management Districts
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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 developed its own water-quality-based limits. Substances recognized as pollutants, as well as their associated allowable concentrations, are identified in Florida's water quality standards, which generally follow the federal guidelines. In addition, Florida has adopted the federal technology-based effluent limitations.
State water quality standards for impaired and outstanding resource waters are established for specific surface water bodies and greatly influence the allowable effluent limitations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established federal numeric nutrient water quality standards for inland water bodies and is in the process of proposing standards for estuaries.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water Resource Management and the Florida Water Management Districts administer and enforce the state's water quality ...