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Office of Water Policy Rulemaking


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The department has initiated rulemaking for the Central Florida Water Initiative Area and for Outstanding Florida Springs. Follow our rulemaking efforts below. If you have any questions about the Office of Water Policy’s Rulemaking efforts, please contact Kristine Morris at Kristine.P.Morris@dep.state.fl.us.


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.


Central Florida Water Initiative Document
Rule Notices

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

Notice of Workshop, April 27, 2017

Notice of Workshop, March 22, 2017

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

Rule Drafts

Rule Drafts reflect documents as presented at the applicable workshop.

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)

Next Scheduled Workshop

TBD


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  

Rule Drafts

None available at this time.

Next Scheduled Workshop A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:
DATE AND TIME: July 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Suwannee River Water Management District, 9925 CR 49, Live Oak, Florida 32060
THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE.

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January 17, 2018 - 11:31am

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