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Water Quality and Supply Program

DWRA’s Water Quality and Supply Program is responsible for managing Alternative Water Supply (AWS) projects that are selected by DEP’s Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration; and developing and managing grant agreements resulting from line item appropriations (legislative appropriations) in each year’s Florida General Appropriations Act (GAA).


Alternative Water Supply Projects

The Water Quality and Supply Program manages Alternative Water Supply (AWS) projects that are selected by DEP’s Office of Water Policy and Ecosystems Restoration. Funding is appropriated for the AWS Grant Program to help communities plan for and implement reclaimed water, aquifer recharge,  water conservation and other AWS projects.

Local cooperators interested in funding for AWS projects need to first work with their local Water Management District (District) to develop a proposal. Projects approved at the District are then submitted to DEP for funding consideration. To assist Districts and local cooperators, DEP has developed the Alternative Water Supply Funding Guidance document and the Water Management District AWS Project Submittal Worksheet. These documents outline the funding process, the eligibility requirements, the submittal process and the evaluation criteria.

In addition to coordinating AWS projects with the Districts, local cooperators can also apply for water project funding through the DEP grant portal on the Protecting Florida Together website under Grants, when the portal is open (usually following the legislative session each year).


Legislative Appropriation Projects

The Water Quality and Supply Program also develops and manages grant agreements resulting from line item appropriations (legislative appropriations) in each year’s Florida General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Each year, the Florida Legislature may solicit applications (from governmental entities) directly for “Community Budget Issue Request” projects, including water projects, in anticipation of upcoming legislative sessions. This process is an opportunity to secure legislative sponsorship of project funding through the state budget. Members of the public can contact their local legislative delegation to determine whether there are opportunities available to fund projects in a specific area. Information on contacting Senators and Representatives is available at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/.


Contacts

Deinna Dalton, Program Administrator
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 8th Floor
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 3602
Tallahassee, FL 32399
 
Name  Position  Phone Number
Deinna Dalton Program Administrator 850-245-2230
Taufiqul Aziz (Aziz) Environmental Administrator, Alternative Water Supply Projects 850-245-2950
Cassidy Shields Environmental Specialist III, Alternative Water Supply Projects 850-245-2839
Lydia Walker Environmental Specialist II, Alternative Water Supply Projects 850-245-2838
Katie Downey Environmental Administrator, Legislative Appropriation Projects 850-245-2842
Arlene Acevedo Environmental Specialist III, Legislative Appropriation Projects 850-245-2819
Savannah Atwell Environmental Specialist I, Legislative Appropriation Projects 850-245-2836
Jessica Carr Environmental Specialist II, Legislative Appropriation Projects 850-245-2836

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February 8, 2023 - 4:29pm

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