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Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration

Minimum Flows and Minimum Water Levels and Reservations

One major challenge associated with water supply planning is finding the balance between meeting public water supply needs while maintaining the healthy natural systems essential to Florida's economy and quality of life. Two ways that water managers ensure that the water resources and associated ecological systems are protected are through the implementation of Minimum Flows and Minimum Water Levels (MFLs) and Water Use Reservations (Reservations) programs. 

Related Links

Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project Comprehensive Review Study — the Restudy (Yellow Book) provides an introduction on the restudy and related South Florida ecosystem restoration efforts.

Permitting

The Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration (OWPER) is responsible for implementing the department’s technical, planning and regulatory responsibilities for restoration activities required by the Everglades Forever Act (EFA; Section 373.4592, Florida Statutes (F.S.), the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP; Section 373.1502, F.S.) and the Northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Plan (NEEPP; 373.4595, F.S.).

Water Management Districts

It is a policy of the Legislature that the state’s water resources be managed at a state and regional level. The Department of Environmental Protection, responsible for the administration of the water resources at the state level, exercises general supervisory authority over the state’s five water management districts, which are responsible for the administration of the water resources at the regional level.

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