The Division of Water Resource Management (DWRM) is responsible for implementing state laws providing for the protection of the quality of Florida’s drinking water, ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands; and the reclamation of mined lands.
It is comprised of several programs that perform water facilities regulation, and operational support services and functions. The majority of division staff is located in Tallahassee; however, its Mining & Mitigation and Oil & Gas programs have staff operating in satellite offices throughout the state. The division also serves as Florida’s central point of contact for federally delegated water programs, such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Drinking Water, Underground Injection Control (UIC), and state assumption of the 404 program, and has regulatory oversight of certain functions of water and wastewater facilities throughout Florida. These include, but are not limited to industrial and domestic wastewater, NPDES stormwater, power plants, municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), and public drinking water systems. Additionally, the division regulates the environmental resource permitting of mines and mitigation banks. We continue to work toward safeguarding Florida’s water resources and enhancing natural systems through partnering with local communities, and providing a more certain, consistent and effective regulatory process. For additional program information, please see the individual programs outlined below.
Meet the Director
Benjamin Melnick, Director, Division of Water Resource Management
Benjamin Melnick was appointed director of the Division of Water Resource Management in November of 2019, to continue the mission of safeguarding Florida’s water resources through proactive partnering with local stakeholders, other regulatory agencies and communities, and providing a more consistent and effective regulatory process. The Division is committed to working to achieve more now for Florida’s environment. To that end, the Division’s ultimate goal is to enhance both the quality and available quantity of water needed by the state’s residents, tourists, and industries, while also providing protection of the state’s wetlands, beaches, ground and surface waters today and for generations to come.
Before joining the Division as a program administrator in compliance and enforcement, Ben served the DEP Office of General Counsel in the litigation section and in a variety of roles as a program attorney for Waste, Air, Recreation and Parks, and the Siting Coordination Office. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in Speech Communications and a Juris Doctorate with a certification in Environmental Law from Florida State University’s College of Law.
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.