On Sept. 27, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule (WQCIR). The WQCIR modernizes procedures for the certification of compliance with state water quality standards. The rule will be effective Nov. 27, 2023.
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.