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Water Quality Standards

Surface Water Quality Standards

With over 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, 7,800 lakes, and 4,000 square miles of estuaries, Florida has an abundance of surface waters used for a variety of purposes by the people who live and work here, by those who are visiting, and by the fish and wildlife that depend on these waters.

The federal Clean Water Act provides the statutory basis for state water quality standards programs. The regulatory requirements governing these programs (Water Quality Standards Regulation) are published in 40 CFR 131. States are responsible for reviewing, establishing and revising water quality standards. Florida’s surface water quality standards system is published in 62-302 (and 62-302.530) of the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The components of this system include classificationscriteria, including site specific criteria, an anti-degradation policy, and special protection of certain waters (Outstanding Florida Waters).

Revision of Human Health-Based Water Quality Criteria

The Department of Environmental Protection (department) is initiating rulemaking to consider proposed revisions to the human health-based surface water quality criteria in Rule 62-302.530, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C).  The department intends to conduct a statewide fish consumption survey to accurately determine the amount and types of fish commonly eaten by Floridians in advance of criteria development and adoption.  The human health-based criteria listed in Rule 62-302.530, F.A.C., will be revised based on the results of the survey and any additional relevant data and information collected by the department.  


Water Quality Standards Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road - MS 6511
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-245-8346
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