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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.
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.
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.
Lake Manatee Dam & Water Plant, Manatee County

Operator Certification Program

The Operator Certification Program (OCP) is responsible for overseeing a professional licensure program for all water and wastewater treatment plant as well as water distribution system operators.
An aerial view of a salt marsh at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

RCP

Coordinates the protection of the state’s natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. The Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection manages more than 4.5 million acres of submerged lands and...

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