The “Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act,” passed during Florida's 2016 legislative session, directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop restoration plans known as Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs). Under these plans, new septic systems on lots of less than one acre permitted in some sensitive springs areas (priority focus areas, or PFAs) are required to be nitrogen-reducing in nature. New conventional (non-nitrogen-reducing) systems are no longer permitted in these areas except when a sewer to which the facility can connect will be available within five years.
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.