Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Industrial Wastewater Section
Florida Regional 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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater dischargers. The state generally follows the federal NPDES permitting rules and has also developed its own generic permits and general permits for specific activities that affect water quality. Florida has combined its state permitting program with its delegated NPDES permitting authority and issues wastewater permits that cover both construction and operation of facilities and activities that discharge wastewater to surface and groundwaters. For more information about the federal rules, see the national section NPDES PERMIT.
The five Florida Regional Water Management Districts have also developed their own specific requirements, and some also administer the stormwater permitting requirements in the state. See the state section STORMWATER DISCHARGE PERMITS for information about the Florida Regional ...