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Water Topics

DEP protects and monitors water quality, sets restoration goals for surface waters and oversees restoration activities. DEP implements state laws providing for the protection of the quality of Florida’s drinking water, ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries and wetlands; reclamation of mined lands; and the preservation of the state’s beach and dune systems. DEP also assists local governments and other entities by providing funding for drinking water, stormwater and wastewater projects. DEP oversees water management districts as they implement water supply and water quality protection programs.



Oleta River State Park - A new growth of mangroves

Aquatic Preserves

DEP manages Florida's 41 aquatic preserves, encompassing about 2.2 million acres of submerged lands.
Photograph of Weeki Wachee River downstream from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Assessment and Restoration

The Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (DEAR) is charged with monitoring and assessing Florida's surface water and groundwater quality; identifying, verifying and prioritizing...
Honeymoon Island State Park - Blue Skies & White Sands on the beach

Beaches

Protect, restore and manage Florida's coastal systems and 825 miles of sandy coastline.
Recreational Fishing Boat

Clean Boater Program

Established in 2001, the Clean Boater Program is a derivative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Vessel Act pumpout grant program.
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park - Looking out over the marsh

Deepwater Horizon

Assistance for the projects funded by the Deepwater Horizon settlement under the RESTORE Act, Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Bahia Honda State Park - Sunset over the bridge

EHG Program Introduction

Provides technical support for beach and inlet management projects, mining projects and mine reclamation, stormwater/surface water management systems, and other in-water activities or works.
Lake Manatee Dam & Water Plant, Manatee County

Florida Dam Safety Program

Dam safety in Florida is a shared responsibility among the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the regional water management districts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE),...
A rod gorgonian on the reef

Florida's Coral Reefs

Florida is the only state in the continental United States with extensive shallow coral reef formations near its coasts.

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