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Division of Water Resource Management

The Division of Water Resource Management (DWRM) is responsible for implementing 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.

Marshy Wetland at DawnThe division consists of 15 programs that perform water facilities regulation, beach permitting and management, and operational support services and functions. The majority of division staff is located in Tallahassee; however, its Mining & Mitigation and Oil & Gas programs have staff operating in satellite offices throughout the state. The division also serves as Florida’s central point of contact for federally delegated water programs, such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Stormwater (NPDES), Drinking Water and Underground Injection Control (UIC).

Photograph underwater of fallen trees at Cypress Spring near VernonThe division has regulatory oversight of certain functions of various types of water and wastewater facilities throughout the state. These include but are not limited to: industrial wastewater and domestic wastewater, power plants, wastewater utilities, municipal separate storm water systems (MS4s), public drinking water systems and certain injection wells. The division regulates certain beach construction and beach, inlet, and port management activities. In addition, the division regulates the environmental resource permitting of mines and mitigation banks. The division also regulates activities related to the exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas in Florida.

The division continues to work toward safeguarding Florida’s water resources and enhancing natural systems through partnering with local communities, and providing a more certain, consistent and effective regulatory process.

Meet the Director

Alex Reed, Director, Division of Water Resource Management

Alex Reed was appointed director of the Division of Water Resource Management in April of 2018, to continue the mission of safeguarding Florida’s water resources through proactive partnering with local stakeholders, other regulatory agencies and communities, and providing a more consistent and effective regulatory process. The Division’s ultimate goal is to enhance the quality and available quantity of water needed by the state for residents, tourists and industry, while also providing protection of the state’s beaches, wetlands and surface waters for enjoyment today and for generations to come.

Alex has been with the Department since 2009, serving most recently as the deputy director for the division and previously as the administrator of the department’s Beaches and Mines Funding Assistance Program. Alex earned a B.S. in geology from Florida State University.


Water Resource Management Programs


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