The Division of Water Resource Management (DWRM) is responsible for implementing state laws providing for the protection of the quality of Florida’s drinking water, ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands; reclamation of mined lands; and the preservation of the state’s beach and dune systems.
It is comprised of several programs that perform water facilities regulation, beach permitting and management, and operational support services and functions. The majority of division staff is located in Tallahassee; however, its Mining & Mitigation and Oil & Gas programs have staff operating in satellite offices throughout the state. The division also serves as Florida’s central point of contact for federally delegated water programs, such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater (NPDES), Drinking Water and Underground Injection Control (UIC), and has regulatory oversight of certain functions of water and wastewater facilities throughout Florida. These include, but are not limited to industrial and domestic wastewater, power plants, municipal separate storm water systems (MS4s), and public drinking water systems. Additionally, the division regulates certain beach construction and beach, inlet, and port management activities, as well as the environmental resource permitting of mines and mitigation banks. We continue to work toward safeguarding Florida’s water resources and enhancing natural systems through partnering with local communities, and providing a more certain, consistent and effective regulatory process. For additional program information, please see the individual programs outlined below.
Leads statewide coordination of compliance and enforcement activities relating to the Industrial Wastewater, Domestic Wastewater and the NPDES...
Alex Reed, Director, Division of Water Resource Management
Alex Reed was appointed director of the Division of Water Resource Management in April of 2018, to continue the mission of safeguarding Florida’s water resources through proactive partnering with local stakeholders, other regulatory agencies and communities, and providing a more consistent and effective regulatory process. The Division’s ultimate goal is to enhance the quality and available quantity of water needed by the state for residents, tourists and industry, while also providing protection of the state’s beaches, wetlands and surface waters for enjoyment today and for generations to come.
Alex has been with the Department since 2009, serving most recently as the deputy director for the division and previously as the administrator of the department’s Beaches and Mines Funding Assistance Program. Alex earned a B.S. in geology from Florida State University.
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