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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


Protect, restore and manage Florida's coastal systems and 825 miles of sandy coastline.
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.
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.
Healthy fish population swimming in Lake Blue Spring


Florida is home to more large (first and second magnitude) springs than any other state. Springs support ecosystems, flow into rivers and offer many recreational opportunities.
Global Map with Hands Writing on Paper

UIC Permitting Forms

Major Wells Permitting Forms Form Number Form Title 62-528.900 (1) Application to Construct/Operate/Abandon Class I, III, or V Well System 62-528.900 (2) Certification of Plugging Completion Class I...
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park - Looking out over the marsh

Water Policy

Florida Water Plan Addresses statewide water management in coordination with the water management districts and other agencies, including regional water supply planning.


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