States are required under the Federal Clean Water Act (40 CFR 131.20) to conduct a comprehensive review of all water quality standards at least once every three years (Triennial Review). All surface water quality standards in Chapter 62-302, Chapter 62-303, Chapter 62-304, and Chapter 62-4, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), are open under the current review and may be revised as part of the Triennial Review. However, the Department is not currently proposing revisions to Chapter 62-304, F.A.C., as part of the Triennial Review.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a virtual public workshop on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 to solicit public input on the Department’s proposed revisions to Florida’s water quality standards under the Triennial Review. Please refer to the links below for the workshop materials.
NNC Implementation Document (updated; If you would like to request a “track changes” version of the NNC Implementation Document that compares the current 2013 version to the March 2021 proposal, please contact Kaitlyn Sutton. Note that this document was created using the compare documents function in Microsoft Word, and in some instances text that was moved is shown as new and may not reflect subsequent revisions. If you have any questions or need clarifications about the proposed revisions to the NNC Implementation Document, please contact Kaitlyn Sutton or Nia Wellendorf.
The information below is from previous public workshops.
Four public workshops were held between November 4 - November 7, 2019 to solicit public input on the Triennial Review. The Department presented information about potential revisions to Florida’s surface water quality standards, including consideration of U.S. EPA 304(a) criteria recommendations.
Three public workshops/hearings were also held to solicit public input on the Triennial Review between May 14 and May 16, 2019. These workshops/hearings were designed to provide a forum for the public to recommend revisions to Florida’s water quality standards. DEP presented information about potential revisions to Florida’s water quality standards, including consideration of U.S. EPA 304(a) criteria recommendations.
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.