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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.



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...
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.
Crystal River Preserve State Park - Beautiful still water while looking out over the marsh

Florida Coastal Office

Coordinates the protection of the state’s natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. The Florida Coastal Office manages more than 4 million acres of submerged lands and coastal uplands.
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

Springs

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.
An aerial photo of coastal mangroves at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Water Policy

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

Water Resource Management

Safeguards Florida’s water resources and enhances natural systems through partnering with local communities, and providing a consistent and effective regulatory processes.
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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