The management of animal waste from Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) has become a priority in Florida and throughout the country. AFOs are facilities with large numbers of animals in a confined area. Nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) are the contaminants typically associated with AFOs. The department has developed wastewater rules for AFOs and provides technical assistance to the livestock industry. Animal Feeding Operations regulated under DEP's industrial wastewater program include dairies, poultry, and horse and swine operations. CAFOs are regulated under the NPDES program. Non-NPDES aquaculture operations are regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).
The department works in cooperation with the agriculture industry and other governmental agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, FDACS, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Suwannee River Partnership, Suwannee River Water Management District and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.