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Water Resource Management Division Overview: 2019-20

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The Division of Water Resource Management (division) 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. The division is the central point of contact for Florida’s federally delegated water programs such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES), Drinking Water, and Underground Injection Control (UIC).

The division consists of sixteen programs overseen by the Division Director, two Deputy Division Directors, a Manager of Executive Services, and a Support Services Director. These programs perform water facilities regulation, beach permitting and management, and operational support services and functions. Two additional programs within the division (Mining and Reclamation and Oil and Gas) report directly to the Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs. Most division staff are located in Tallahassee; however, the Mining & Reclamation and Oil & Gas programs have staff operating in satellite offices throughout the state.

The division’s funding comes from seven trust funds: Federal Grants, Land Acquisition, Minerals, Non-mandatory Land Reclamation, Florida Permit Fee, and Water Quality Assurance. The division also receives federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the following grants: 106 Water Pollution Control, State Public Water System, and State Underground Water Source Protection. Revenue from the Permit Fee Trust Fund and the Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund are derived from various sources such as NPDES Stormwater permits, Wastewater permits, Drinking Water fees, Beach Construction permits, and Operator Certification fees.

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.

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October 25, 2019 - 10:15am

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