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Water Policy Rulemaking


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The department will hold a rule development workshop to create rules 62-41.300 through 62-41.305, F.A.C., and the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Area Supplemental Applicant's Handbook on September 30, 2020 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Eastern Time via webinar. To register for the webinar, click here. For the draft rules and workshop materials, see the Central Florida Water Initiative section later on this page. If you have any questions, please contact OWP_Rulemaking@FloridaDEP.gov.


Topic Rule Purpose
Central Florida Water Initiative The purpose and effect of this rulemaking is to comply with the requirements set forth in s. 373.0465(2)(d), F.S., enacted during the 2016 legislative session. The rulemaking will provide for uniform rules for consumptive use permitting within the Central Florida Water Initiative Area. This will impact consumptive use applicants and permittees within the Central Florida Water Initiative Area, which includes all of Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties and southern Lake County, as designated by the Central Florida Water Initiative Guiding Document of January 30, 2015, available online.
Outstanding Florida Springs Springs are of great scientific importance in understanding the diverse functions of aquatic ecosystems. Water quality of springs is an indicator of local conditions of the Floridan Aquifer, which is a source of drinking water for many residents of this state. Water flows in springs may reflect regional aquifer conditions. In addition, springs provide recreational opportunities for swimming, canoeing, wildlife watching, fishing, cave diving and many other activities in this state. In 2016, SB 552 (2016-01, Laws of Florida) amended section 373.219, F.S., to require the department to adopt uniform rules for issuing permits that prevent groundwater withdrawals harmful to the water resources and a uniform definition of the term “harmful to the water resources” to provide water management districts with minimum standards necessary to be consistent with the overall water policy of the state for Outstanding Florida Springs. The rule is likely to affect consumptive use permitting in the Northwest Florida, Suwannee River, St. Johns River and Southwest Florida water management districts.
Minimum Flows and Levels and Recovery and Prevention Strategies This rule is being established pursuant to s. 373.042 and 373.0421, F.S. The rulemaking will establish minimum flows and levels for the upper and middle reaches of the Suwannee River and their associated priority springs, including four Outstanding Florida Springs. This will have the potential to impact consumptive use applicants and permittees within the Suwannee River and St. Johns River water management districts.
Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers (LSFIR) and Priority Springs Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) The purpose of rule development is to strike the previously-adopted minimum flows for the Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Priority Springs (LSFIR) and adopt new minimum flows for the LSFIR and any associated recovery and prevention strategy. Department-adopted MFLs and applicable recovery and prevention strategies are effective in all applicable water management districts without the need for further rulemaking and generally affects water use permittees. The minimum levels and flows in this rule amendment would be used as a basis for imposing limitations on withdrawals of groundwater and surface water in the consumptive use permit regulatory process and for reviewing proposed surface water management systems in the environmental resource permit regulatory process. The proposed rule will include minimum flows for the LSFIR and any associated recovery or prevention strategy required by section 373.0421, F.S.. The LSFIR includes 6 Outstanding Florida Springs as defined by 373.802(4), F.S., and is therefore subject to 373.805, F.S..


Central Florida Water Initiative Document
Rule Notices

Notice of Workshop (Published September 15, 2020)

Notice of Workshop (Published July 29, 2020)

Notice of Rule Development and Workshops (Published June 25, 2020)

Notice of Rule Development and Workshop (Published March 21, 2019)

Notice of Rule Development and Workshop (December 31, 2016)

Notice of Workshop, August 2, 2017

Notice of Workshop, April 27, 2017

Notice of Workshop, March 22, 2017

Notice of Extension Under Section 120.76(6), F.S.

Latest Rule Drafts (August 12, 2020)

August 12 Workshop Language (pdf)

This package includes the following rules, for which clean copy documents are provided:

Rule Text

CFWI Supplemental Applicant's Handbook

Design Aids

July 9, 2020 Rule Drafts

July 9 Workshop Language (pdf)

Rule Text

CFWI Supplemental Applicant's Handbook

Design Aids

Previous Rule Drafts (2017-2019)

Rule Drafts reflect documents as presented at the applicable workshop.

Harmful Saline Water Intrusion (April 4, 2019)

Annual Conservation Goal (April 4, 2019)

Public Supply Demands (April 4, 2019)

CII and Mining Demands (April 4, 2019)

ERP/CUP Concurrency (April 4, 2019)

Annual Conservation Goal (August 2, 2017)

ICI and Mining Dewatering Demands (August 2, 2017)

Public Supply Demands (August 2, 2017)

Variances Draft (August 2, 2017)

Agriculture and Landscape Recreation Demands (August 2, 2017)

ICI Demands (April 27, 2017)

Public Supply and ICI Annual Conservation Goal and Residential Per Capita Goal (April 27, 2017)

Rule Text (March 22, 2017)

Public Supply Demands (March 22, 2017)

Harm to the Water Resources and Other Handbook Language  (March 22, 2017)

Workshops

July 9, 2020 1:00-3:00pm, Eastern Time via webinar

Agenda

Presentation 

August 12, 2020 9:00-11:00am, Eastern Time via Webinar

Agenda

Presentation

September 30, 2020 1:00-3:00pm, Eastern Time via Webinar

Workshop Registration

Agenda

Presentation (available after the workshop)


Outstanding Florida Springs Document
Rule Notices Notice of Rule Development (November 1, 2016)
Rule Drafts None available at this time.
Next Scheduled Workshop

TBD


Minimum Flows and Levels and Recovery and Prevention Strategies Document
Rule Notices Notice of Rule Development 

Rule Drafts

None available at this time.

Draft Technical Report The draft technical report is available online at: http://www.srwmd.state.fl.us/DocumentCenter/View/17402
Next Scheduled Workshop TBD


Lower Sante Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers and Priority Springs (LSFIR) Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) Document
Rule Notices Notice of Rule Development 

Rule Drafts

None available at this time.

Draft Technical Report The draft technical report is available online at http://www.srwmd.state.fl.us/DocumentCenter/View/17402.
Next Scheduled Meeting

Peer Review Panel Public Meeting (via webinar)

June 16, 2020 6:00-8:00pm, EST

Meeting materials are available online at: https://www.srwmd.org/DocumentCenter/Index/735

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