In 2020, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 712, also known as the Clean Waterways Act, now Chapter 2020-150, Laws of Florida. This legislation passed with unanimous, bipartisan support and carries a wide range of water-quality protection provisions aimed at minimizing the impact of known sources of nutrient pollution and strengthening regulatory requirements. Stormwater-related pollution represents one of the largest potential contributors of nutrients throughout the state.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and water management districts (WMDs) initiated rulemaking as directed by section 5 of Chapter 2020-150, Laws of Florida, to update the stormwater design and operation regulations for environmental resource permitting (see section 373.4131(6), F.S., as modified by section 5 of Chapter 2020-150, Laws of Florida).
Previous Efforts of the Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee
The mission of the Clean Waterways Act Stormwater Rulemaking Technical Advisory Committee was to provide a forum for identifying and constructively outlining recommendations to the department and water management districts for strengthening the stormwater design and operation regulations implemented under Part IV, Chapter 373, F.S., including updates to the Environmental Resource Permit Applicant’s Handbook, based on the most recent scientific information available and the additional directions provided by section 5, Chapter 2020-150, Laws of Florida.
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