The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Restoration Assistance is responsible for providing loans and grants for projects that improve the quality and quantity of the state’s water resources of the state and provide a significant benefit to the environment and local communities. Projects in several program areas are funded to improve stormwater quality, reduce pollutants that enter surface water and groundwater, protect springs, collect and treat wastewater, produce and distribute drinking water, nourish beaches and reclaim mined land.
State Revolving Fund Loan Program
The State Revolving Fund Loan Program (SRF) is Florida’s largest financial assistance program for water infrastructure. DEP’s SRF Program, established in 1989 for wastewater projects, and 1998 for drinking water projects, has awarded more than $4.8 billion in loans for wastewater, stormwater and drinking water infrastructure, including about $1.4 billion in funding for more than 200 projects in the past five years. The program is funded by federal grants, state matching funds, loan repayments and interest earnings.
The Clean Water SRF provides low-interest loans to local governments to plan, design, and build or upgrade wastewater, stormwater, nonpoint source pollution prevention projects, and drinking water systems. Discounted assistance for small communities is available. Interest rates on loans are below market rates and vary based on the economic means of the community.
Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention
The Clean Water Act Section 319 grant and the state Total Maximum Daily Load Water Quality Restoration grant fund projects that reduce pollution from nonpoint sources and urban stormwater. Eligible projects include stormwater treatment, erosion and sediment control, and septic tank pollution abatement.
Beach Restoration and Erosion Control
Beach Management Funding Assistance provides grants to local governments for the planning and implementation of beach and inlet management projects to protect upland structures and infrastructure, provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species, provide recreational opportunities and support local economies through tourism.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.