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Water Topics

DEP protects and monitors water quality, sets restoration goals for surface waters and oversees restoration activities. DEP implements state laws providing for the protection of the quality of Florida’s drinking water, groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands; reclamation of mined lands; and the preservation of the state’s beach and dune systems. DEP also assists local governments and other entities by providing funding for drinking water, stormwater and wastewater projects. DEP oversees water management districts as they implement water supply and water quality protection programs.

Oleta River State Park - A new growth of mangroves

Aquatic Preserves

Florida has 42 aquatic preserves, encompassing 2.6 million acres, along Florida's coastline, except for four located inland near springs and rivers. All of these waters are ours to enjoy and protect.
Photograph of Weeki Wachee River

Assessment and Restoration

The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration is charged with monitoring and assessing Florida's surface water and groundwater quality; identifying, verifying and prioritizing pollution...
Honeymoon Island State Park - Blue Skies & White Sands on the beach


Protect, restore and manage Florida's coastal systems and 825 miles of sandy coastline.
Recreational Fishing Boat

Clean Boater Program

Established in 2001, the Clean Boater Program is a derivative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Vessel Act pumpout grant program.
Bahia Honda State Park - Sunset over the bridge

EHG technical work

Provides technical support for mining projects and mine reclamation, stormwater/surface water management systems, dam safety, and other in-water activities or works.
Lake Manatee Dam & Water Plant, Manatee County

Florida Dam Safety Program

Dam Safety Alerts In the event of a potentially life-threatening dam safety emergency, immediately call 911 and the State Watch Office at 800-320-0519. For emergency regulatory dam safety assistance...
A rod gorgonian on the reef

Florida's Coral Reefs

Florida is the only state in the continental United States with extensive shallow coral reef formations near its coasts.
Lake Manatee Dam & Water Plant, Manatee County

Operator Certification Program

The Operator Certification Program is responsible for overseeing a professional licensure program for all water and wastewater treatment plant as well as water distribution system operators.


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