As part of the department's statutory duties, pursuant to section 373.036(7), F.S., the department is entrusted to exercise general supervisory authority over all water management districts. The department enjoys a cooperative working relationship with the water management districts and facilitates consistency and efficiency efforts at the statewide level. The department also relies on guidance memos to help communicate a consistent message to the districts. The guidance memos may be found below.
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.