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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

Florida has 42 aquatic preserves (APs), encompassing about 2.2 million acres. All but four of these submerged lands are located along Florida' https://floridadep.gov/rcp/aquatic-preserve/content/...
Photograph of Weeki Wachee River

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...
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.
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.
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park - Looking out over the marsh

Water Policy

*/ The Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration plays a key role in ensuring effective implementation of DEP’s responsibilities under the Florida Water Resources Act (Chapter 373, Florida...
Lake Louisa State Park - Lily Pads floating on the water

Water Restoration Assistance

Provides grants and loans for projects that protect water quality and quantity. Eligible projects include wastewater, stormwater and drinking water facilities, beach nourishment and more.

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